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  1. The electro-chemical tests and the programmable autonomous potentiometer; Las pruebas electroquimicas y el potenciostato autonomo programable

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    Garcia Ochoa, Esteban Miguel; Salazar Cruz, Sergio R.; Aguilar Soto, Armando; Ley Koo, Marcos [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1997-12-31

    The development of a programmable autonomous potentiostat is described as an instrumentation means for voltage and current measurement, considering that one of the main problems to solve is the metallic components corrosion. Also the electro-chemical tests that can be performed with this instrument are described, as well as some possible application [Espanol] Se describe el desarrollo de un potenciostato autonomo programable como medio de instrumentacion para medir voltajes y corrientes, tomando en cuenta que uno de los principales problemas por resolver es la corrosion de sus componentes metalicos. Se describen ademas las pruebas eletcroquimicas que pueden realizarse con este instrumento, asi como alguna posible aplicacion

  2. SADM potentiometer anomaly investigations

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    Wood, Brian; Mussett, David; Cattaldo, Olivier; Rohr, Thomas

    2005-07-01

    During the last 3 years Contraves Space have been developing a Low Power (1-2kW) Solar Array Drive Mechanism (SADM) aimed at small series production. The mechanism was subjected to two test programmes in order to qualify the SADM to acceptable levels. During the two test programmes, anomalies were experienced with the Potentiometers provided by Eurofarad SA and joint investigations were undertaken to resolve why these anomalies had occurred. This paper deals with the lessons learnt from the failure investigation on the two Eurofarad (rotary) Potentiometer anomaly. The Rotary Potentiometers that were used were fully redundant; using two back to back mounted "plastic tracks". It is a pancake configuration mounted directly to the shaft of the Slip Ring Assembly at the extreme in-board end of the SADM. It has no internal bearings. The anomaly initially manifested itself as a loss of performance in terms of linearity, which was first detected during Thermal Vacuum testing. A subsequent anomaly manifested itself by the complete failure of the redundant potentiometer again during thermal vacuum testing. This paper will follow and detail the chain of events following this anomaly and identifies corrective measures to be applied to the potentiometer design and assembly process.

  3. Capacitance-coupled wiper increases potentiometer life

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    Dimeff, J.

    1968-01-01

    Capacitively-coupled wiper reduces the friction between the sliding contact and the potentiometer element in conventional potentiometers. A small preamplifier employed close to the wiper reduces errors caused by output cable capacitance. The device is friction free with resultant low wear and has high speed and high resolution.

  4. [The application and programming of digital potentiometers in medical instruments].

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    Yang, Shao-zhou; Wang, Sheng-jun; Chen, Hong-wen

    2002-11-01

    Digital potentiometers have been used in medical instruments. This paper describes the structure and principle of a digital potentiometer, especially its interfacing with a single chip processor and its programming. PMID:16104330

  5. Autonomía:derecho-obligación. “Recursos y redes de apoyo al servicio de las personas”

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    García Arribas, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    En este trabajo realizaremos un estudio sobre la autonomía que mantienen las personas mayores en las residencias, y la implicación de las familias en el mantenimiento y cuidado de las personas institucionalizadas. Esta valoración formará parte de un programa cuyo objetivo es promocionar dicha autonomía con la ayuda y colaboración de familiares e institución. Actualmente, existen programas y proyectos con este fin, pero se enfocará de tal manera que, sean los propios residentes los que...

  6. Las canciones de Hanns Eisler: lucha, exilio y autonomía del arte

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    Arribas, Sonia

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available This article describes and analyzes the techniques and lyrics employed by Hanns Eisler in some of the songs he composed during the Weimar Republic and later on during his exile in the United States. If the early compositions were created with the aim of contributing to the workers’ political struggle and thus reflect Eisler’s rejection of the autonomy of art, or art for its own sake, the later ones can be interpreted as symptoms of what I here call the “forced” autonomy of art.En este artículo se describen y analizan las técnicas y letras empleadas por Hanns Eisler en algunas de las canciones que compuso durante la República de Weimar y posteriormente durante su exilio en los Estados Unidos. Si las primeras composiciones fueron creadas con el objetivo de contribuir a la lucha política de los trabajadores y por tanto reflejan el rechazo de Eisler a la autonomía del arte, o al arte como un fin en sí mismo, las últimas pueden ser interpretadas como síntomas de lo que aquí denomino la autonomía “forzada” del arte.

  7. Las paradojas de las políticas centralistas en relación con la autonomía de las entidades territoriales en Colombia

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    Eric Leiva Ramírez

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available El proceso de descentralización territorial que pretendía la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente de 1991 se ha visto truncado por las políticas adoptadas por gobiernos centralistas a través de reformas constitucionales y de los desarrollos normativos de estas. La adopción de las políticas centralistas ha tenido como principal argumento la corrupción de los entes territoriales y la cientificidad del Gobierno nacional en el manejo de los recursos. No obstante, la realidad de los entes territoriales ha demostrado que las políticas centralistas no contribuyen al mejoramiento de sus condiciones políticas y económicas. Esto ha generado una seria reducción de la autonomía administrativa y política que deberían tener los entes territoriales según los parametros originales de la Constitución Política, lo que ha fortalecido el rezago económico y administrativo que tenían dichos entes con anterioridad a la Constitución Política de 1991.

  8. Del federalismo a las autonomías. Perspectiva histórica

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    Tomás PÉREZ DELGADO

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Hace unos meses, cuando en un celebrado artículo Francis Fukuyama analizaba «¿El fin de la Historia?», señalaba: «Si admitimos por el momento que el comunismo y el fascismo, rivales del liberalismo, han muerto, ¿queda algún oponente ideológico?... Dos posibilidades saltan a la vista: la religión y el nacionalismo ... Desde luego, es cierto que desde la batalla de lena, gran parte de los conflictos tienen su base en este...»l. Un movimiento que dominó gran parte del siglo XIX y las primeras décadas del siglo actual, apareció incluso en países europeos consolidados como forma de conciencia racial o cultural diferenciada, que reclamaba diversos grados de autonomía para algunas regiones y que vuelve a perfilarse como «uno de los más poderosos movimientos individuales que funcionan en el mundo actual...» (Sir Isaac Berlin, 1979; sobre todo a raíz del reciente derrumbe del centralismo comunista en la Europa del Este.

  9. DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW RECURSIVE MEDIAN FILTERING SCHEME FOR PROCESSING POTENTIOMETER SIGNAL IN CSRDM OF PFBR

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    M. Mohana

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR which is in advanced stage of construction at Kalpakkam has two shutdown systems, namely - Control & Safety Rod Drive Mechanisms (CSRDM and Diverse Safety Rod Drive Mechanisms (DSRDM. Since response time of Electromagnet (EM present in CSRDM is an important safety parameter, it is measured and monitored periodically. In PFBR, measurement of response time of EM is done by Current Decay method. An alternate approach to measure EM response time is Displacement Method, wherein it is proposed to utilise the existing potentiometer in CSRDM for position monitoring to measure EM response time. In light of this, a study was carried out to probe the feasibility of its implementation. To aid in the study, a new Recursive Median filtering scheme termed as ‘Multipass recursive median filter with variable window’ was developed to process the unconditioned potentiometer signal in Displacement method. EM response time obtained from Displacement Method and that obtained through Current decay method were found to be in good agreement with each other. This paper details the new Recursive Median filtering scheme developed.

  10. El estudio del Gobierno de partidos y la autonomía de las instituciones políticas El estudio del Gobierno de partidos y la autonomía de las instituciones políticas

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    Miguel Ángel Simón

    2003-01-01

    marxista. No obstante, en los últimos desarrollos de ambas escuelas se está produciendo una convergencia creciente en torno al reconocimiento de la autonomía, cuando menos relativa, de las instituciones políticas y de su calidad de actores con entidad propia, alejándose de los modelos predominantemente societarios que las caracterizaban. Ese reconocimiento de un margen de autonomía de lo político encuentra confirmación en los estudios empíricos de Gobierno de Partidos que se han realizado en los últimos años, en los que se muestra que la actividad gubernamental no puede ser explicada desde ninguna tesis de dependencia societaria debido a la particular posición en la que se ubica el Gobierno dentro del sistema político. No obstante, esa convergencia aún está escasamente difundida en nuestro ámbito académico. Por otra parte, a pesar de lo coincidente de sus conclusiones y propuestas, no existe ninguna referencia cruzada entre el trabajo teórico de neopluralistas y neomarxistas y la labor empírica del estudio del Gobierno de Partidos. Este artículo se orienta a mostrar las líneas principales de esa convergencia de paradigmas politológicos. Para ello se analizan brevemente los desarrollos del pluralismo tradicional hasta su reformulación en el neopluralismo contemporáneo y la evolución del neomarxismo desde su variante estructuralista hasta el neomarxismo postestructuralista de Bob Jessop, a la vez que se pretende mostrar su adecuación a los hallazgos empíricos de los estudiosos del Gobierno de Partidos.

  11. Impacto de la "Ley de promoción de la autonomía personal y atención a las personas en situación de dependencia" en las personas con trastorno mental grave.

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    Teodosia Sobrino Calzado

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La Ley 39/2006, conocida como Ley de Dependencia, ha generado, desde su aprobación, desconfianza por estar orientada a la atención de la dependencia, siendo la promoción de la autonomía personal un elemento apenas desarrollado y secundario.
    En el caso de las personas con trastorno mental grave, lo que mayor preocupación ha causado a las organizaciones de profesionales de la salud mental y a las asociaciones de familiares ha sido la compatibilidad de dicha Ley con las prestaciones del Sistema Nacional de Salud y si el baremo establecido se ajustaba a las necesidades de este colectivo.
    Este artículo recoge el trabajo realizado desde diferentes comunidades autónomas por diferentes profesionales en un intento de, tras un análisis de la Ley, plantear a la administración responsable de la misma el necesario ajuste para adaptarla a las características de las personas con trastorno mental grave.
    Se analizan, en primer lugar, sus fortalezas y debilidades. Posteriormente se exponen tres formas diferentes de contrarrestar sus riesgos, en tres comunidades autónomas diferentes. Finalmente se dan las claves de los aspectos de la Ley sobre los que hay que seguir trabajando para que sea una oportunidad para las personas con trastorno mental grave, y no una barrera

  12. La Autonomía Administrativa de las Instituciones Gubernamentales en Venezuela: El Caso de la Superintendencia de Bancos y Otras Instituciones Financieras (SUDEBAN)

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    Rosa Amelia González de Pacheco; Pável Gómez

    2001-01-01

    Los eventos registrados antes de la crisis financiera venezolana de 1994-95, ponen al descubierto la activa oposición que puede enfrentar la supervisión y regulación pública de las instituciones financieras; en particular, resalta el esfuerzo realizado por algunos grupos de interés para frenar la reforma del sistema financiero que, entre otras cosas, garantizaría la autonomía de la SUDEBAN. El estudio de estos eventos revela además el significativo papel que la ausencia de una supervisión y r...

  13. Autonomía de las prácticas de estudio en ambientes virtuales de aprendizaje

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    Isabel Cristina Ángel Uribe

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This article presents the literature review on autonomy within study practices done as part of the research project “Pedagogical Use of virtual forums and blogs in graduate courses: maximizing autonomy within study practices, a case study at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana”. The purpose of the literature review was to find out the elements that maximize autonomy in study practices among students, especially, from teachers’ instructions and moderations through blogs and virtual forums used as pedagogical and didactic resources in graduate virtual courses. Teaching and motivation showed to be the two most prominent elements to favor autonomy within study practices. Elements such as accompaniment, counseling, autonomous work processes, and assessment - that make part of the role of the teacher who promotes autonomous learning (Lobato, 2006 - were considered in order to design the instruments. Also, López-Aguado’s CETA structure factors for autonomous work (2010 – resourcefulness, collaboration, test design, and participation were considered.

  14. Diagnosis and behavior in autonomic trigeminal headaches Diagnóstico y conductas en las cefaleas trigeminales autonómicas

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    Erélido Hernández Valero

    Full Text Available Autonomic trigeminal headaches are primary headaches which include: cluster headaches, paroxistical hemicranea, and syndrome of unilateral headache in a neuralgic way, of short duration, accompanied by cojunctival injection and tearing and the continuous hemicranea. It is also accompanied by autonomic manifestations such as: palpebrate ptosis, tearing, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, Horner syndrome (palpebrate ptosis, miosis, and enophthalmos and changes in the coloration of the periocular skin and in the cheek. In this paper we propose the most likely diagnosis and therapeutic to this nosologic entity

    Las cefaleas trigeminales autonómicas son cefaleas primarias que incluyen: la cefalea en racimos, hemicránea paroxística, el síndrome de cefalea unilateral neuralgiforme, de corta duración, con inyección conjuntival y lagrimeo y la hemicránea continua; se acompañan de manifestaciones autonómicas como son: ptosis palpebral, lagrimeo, congestión nasal y rinorrea, síndrome de Horner (ptosis palpebral, miosis y enoftalmos y cambios de coloración de la piel periocular y de la mejilla. En el presente trabajo proponemos un acercamiento diagnóstico y terapéutico hacia dicha entidad nosológica.

  15. Polarización de la estructura funcional de las capitales de provincia y de autonomía en España: 1981-2011

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    Escolano Utrilla, Severino

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Some fundamental trends of the recent reorganization of economic activities in Spain are defined by the growing concentration in certain urban areas of certain economic activities, especially those related to the creation, management and use of innovation and knowledge, and selective decentralization of others. The main hypothesis of this work assumes that capital of autonomy is a factor that exerts some influence on the structure of economic activities in a city. In this paper we study the scope of this thesis referred to municipalities and provincial capitals of autonomy between 1981 and 2011. The study conducted helps verify the trend towards concentration of capital in certain activities of the knowledge economy. The good connectivity of cities or the proximity to large urban areas are attractive forces; the capital of autonomy has a limited influence on intermediate sized nuclei located in dynamic regional contexts.Parte de la reorganización reciente de las actividades económicas en España se define por la concentración en determinadas áreas urbanas de ciertas actividades económicas, especialmente las relacionadas con la creación, gestión y uso de la innovación y el conocimiento, y por la descentralización selectiva de otras. La hipótesis principal de este trabajo asume que la capitalidad de autonomía es un factor que ejerce influencia en la estructura de las actividades económicas de una ciudad. En este marco se estudia el alcance de estas tesis referidas a los municipios capitales de provincia y de autonomía entre 1981 y 2011. El estudio permite constatar la tendencia a la concentración en determinadas capitales de las actividades de la «economía del conocimiento» . La buena conectividad de las ciudades o la cercanía a grandes áreas urbanas son fuerzas de atracción de este tipo de actividades; la capitalidad de autonomía tiene una influencia limitada en núcleos de tamaño intermedio ubicados en contextos regionales

  16. La construcción de la autonomía profesional docente: el caso del movimiento de la escuela moderna en las Azores (Portugal

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    Pedro Francisco GONZÁLEZ ROA

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available La construcción de la identidad profesional, el reconocimiento y desarrollo de la capacidad de autonomía, la convicción de que la formación pasa necesariamente por un trabajo de cooperación, así como la construcción de respuestas a las exigencias del mundo contemporáneo y la certeza de que la «educabilidad» del alumno son objetivos y motor del proceso de construcción de la profesión para un grupo de docentes que, a lo largo de los últimos diez años, se viene dedicando, sistemática y «obsesivamente», a esta tarea. El objetivo fundamental del trabajo de estos profesionales pasa por mejorar ese instrumento que es el profesor a través de la construcción de una pedagogía cooperativa donde el centro sea el alumno en contexto de grupo, aspirando a la mejora permanente de la democracia. La experiencia de (autoformación cooperada que vamos a describir a continuación viene siendo desarrollada por un grupo de profesores en la Isla Terceira del Archipiélago de las Azores, en Portugal, a través del ejercicio de autonomía, espíritu crítico y sentido de participación social en un contexto suprainstitucional. La estrategia adoptada por el grupo incluye el trabajo de formación entre iguales en momentos de reflexión compartidos sobre las prácticas pedagógicas llevadas a cabo organizando para ello «grupos cooperativos» y otras modalidades de formación cooperada. Se apuesta en la perspectiva de «formarse» unos a otros en un contexto de comunicación y espíritu de ayuda mutua incidiendo en la realidad de su práctica pedagógica del día a día.

  17. Autonomía Local, equilibrio presupuestario y sostenibilidad financiera. Tendencias y perspectivas contemporáneas en las relaciones de tutela financiera y control presupuestario local en España (2008-2014)

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    Aldeguer Cerdá, Bernabé

    2014-01-01

    El presente artículo tiene como principal propósito analizar las relaciones multinivel de coordinación interadministrativa entre el Estado y las EELL en materia de control presupuestario y tutela financiera. Se pretende evaluar el impacto de las recientes reformas sobre equilibrio presupuestario y sostenibilidad financiera sobre el margen y el alcance de la Autonomía Local, a la luz de la normativa comunitaria europea y la reforma del artículo 135 de la Constitución Española. Los resultados s...

  18. La autonomía indígena en México. Una revisión del debate de las propuestas para su aplicación práctica

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    Saúl Velasco Cruz

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo explora las tres principales propuestas de autonomía que fueron planteadas y discutidas por diferentes actores, en los momentos de mayor importancia que alcanzó el movimiento indígena mexicano entre el levantamiento zapatista de 1994 y la aprobación de la reforma constitucional en materia de derechos y cultura indígena en 2001. Con base en seis aspectos fundamentales, el autor compara y expone los postulados centrales de las propuestas de autonomía regional, comunal y municipal. Finalmente, plantea la importancia de analizar con detenimiento los aspectos de estas propuestas para imaginar la posible solución a las demandas indígenas actuales.

  19. Las implicaciones jurídicas de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, con un enfoque desde la autonomía de la voluntad en el contexto jurídico cubano

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    Joanna Pérez Pereira

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available En la investigación se realiza un estudio sobre las implicaciones jurídicas de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, con un enfoque desde la autonomía de la voluntad. Empleando el análisis de documentos, un cuestionario y la entrevista a expertos, se determinaron las condiciones que deben caracterizar el ejercicio de la autonomía de un enfermo de Alzheimer para otorgar los mecanismos de autoprotección jurídica en previsión de su propia y futura incapacidad y así proteger su persona y sus bienes. Se vincula la autonomía de la voluntad con la libertad, las características de esta enfermedad y la capacidad jurídica de obrar de los discapacitados mentales, se estudia la recepción legislativa de la autonomía en el ordenamiento jurídico cubano y su necesario reflejo en lo estipulado en el Programa Integral de Atención al Adulto Mayor en Cuba, por ser el grupo poblacional más afectado por esta enfermedad. Todo lo cual, unido a la relación entre el envejecimiento poblacional, la enfermedad de Alzheimer y los mecanismos de autoprotección jurídica, permitieron precisar las problemáticas jurídicas que genera el ejercicio de autonomía de la voluntad de los enfermos de Alzheimer, en previsión de su propia incapacidad.

  20. Las cláusulas excepcionales en la actividad contractual de la administración pública: ¿autonomía de la voluntad o imposición del legislador?

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    Néstor David Osorio Moreno

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Dentro de la actividad contractual de la administración pública en Colombia, se ha permitido, por disposición de la normativa constitucional y del legislador, la aplicación del principio de la autonomía de la voluntad, para que los sujetos contratantes dentro del negocio jurídico público construyan y establezcan las cláusulas que determinen las condiciones del contrato que celebran. El alcance de la autonomía de la voluntad debe ser analizado y sometido a una reflexión, frente a la institución de las cláusulas excepcionales al Derecho común, utilizadas por las entidades del Estado, dentro de la relación jurídica contractual que genera con el contratista. La existencia de las cláusulas excepcionales ha sido justificada por la consecución de los fines del Estado y, en especial, del interés público, pero no se ha reflexionado sobre la esencia de la figura. La aplicación de la institución en las relaciones contractuales del Estado se ha desarrollado sin determinar la naturaleza de la figura, como verdaderas cláusulas, originadas por la autonomía de la voluntad de las partes del contrato, o si se trata de privilegios conferidos e impuestos por el legislador, a la administración pública, como concreción del principio de legalidad. Este trabajo concluye que las cláusulas excepcionales al Derecho común, utilizadas en la actividad contractual de la administración pública, consisten en privilegios especiales que impone el legislador a las entidades estatales, dentro de la relación jurídica contractual, y que se contraponen a la esencia del verdadero concepto de cláusula y del principio de la autonomía de la voluntad.

  1. Autonomía y gestión directiva en el centro del discurso de las políticas educativas para la Educación Secundaria en Argentina

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    María Cecilia Bocchio

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta los resultados de una investigación que estudió los efectos de una política de promoción de la autonomía en la gestión directiva de escuelas de nivel medio de la provincia de Córdoba, Argentina. El Ministerio de Educación provincial promovió acciones específicas a través del llamado Proyecto Promoción Autonomía de la Escuela (PPAE, articulando un discurso de mayor autonomía, dotación de recursos y responsabilización por los resultados en la introducción de nuevas técnicas de gestión escolar. Se reconoce a la “gestión por proyectos” como uno de los principales mecanismos de regulación y de focalización de recursos del sistema educativo, a partir del cual se promueve un tipo de autonomía que traslada responsabilidades a las escuelas y legitima nuevas modalidades de control. El trabajo analiza el concepto de autonomía que sostiene estas políticas, se presenta el caso en estudio y se abordan los sentidos que los actores involucrados asignaron al PPAE.

  2. [Autonomic neuropathies].

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    Siepmann, T; Penzlin, A I; Illigens, B M W

    2013-07-01

    Autonomic neuropathies are a heterogeneous group of diseases that involve damage of small peripheral autonomic Aδ- and C-fibers. Causes of autonomic nerve fiber damage are disorders such as diabetes mellitus and HIV-infection. Predominant symptoms of autonomic neuropathy are orthostatic hypotension, gastro-intestinal problems, urogenital dysfunction, and cardiac arrhythmia, which can severely impair the quality of life in affected patients. Furthermore, autonomic neuropathies can be induced by autoimmune diseases such as acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, hereditary disorders such as the lysosomal storage disorder Fabry disease and hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies, as well as certain toxins and drugs.

  3. Agent, autonomous

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    Luciani, Annie

    2007-01-01

    The expression autonomous agents, widely used in virtual reality, computer graphics, artificial intelligence and artificial life, corresponds to the simulation of autonomous creatures, virtual (i.e. totally computed by a program), or embodied in a physical envelope, as done in autonomous robots.

  4. Un episodio del pensamiento francés de la autonomía. Benjamin Constant y las idées très ingénieuses

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    Francisco Gelman Constantin

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available UN EPISODIO DEL PENSAMIENTO FRANCÉS DE LA AUTONOMÍA Benjamin Constant y las idées très ingénieuses   Francisco Gelman Constantin Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires     Abstract – This paper attempts a consideration of the significance of Benjamin Constant’s aesthetic thoughts within the context of the history of the concept of “aesthetic autonomy”. With that in mind it reevaluates his transformation of the German tradition, by way of its binding to the social theory corresponding to the cultural and historical analysis of early French Romanticism. Taking the coinage of the expression “art for art’s sake” as a starting point, this paper reconstructs the whole of Constant’s thought-system, as well as its exchanges with some of his contemporaries –namely Mme. de Staël and Henry Crabb Robinson– in the means of understanding the proper reach of the conceptual novelties brought in by him, as can be seen from the standing point of Begriffsgeschichte. The paper deals not only with his postulates referring specifically to a negative relationship towards the mercantile society, but also with the analogies he establishes between art, love, religion and morality, while it furthermore examines his theory of social autonomy. The reflexive setting together of this different elements, assembled from his political essays, his journals, the novel Adolphe and other writings, brings to the light a general form of a thought of the autonomous, which explains the manner in which Constant understands aesthetic autonomy in particular, by way of his collaboration and dissent with his European colleagues.   Keywords: autonomy; Constant; art for art’s sake; Begriffsgeschichte; religion     Resumen – Este trabajo se propone reconsiderar la importancia de las reflexiones estéticas de Benjamin Constant en el contexto de la historia del concepto de autonomía estética. Para ello reevalúa las transformaciones

  5. La autonomía de las CAR en la jurisprudencia constitucional de Colombia: Análisis de línea jurisprudencial

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    Luz Stella Mantilla

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The public administration of the environment in Colombia is characterized by decentralized . Based on this form of organization , renewable natural resources are organized under criteria ecosystem unit subject to the territorial jurisdiction of the regional autonomous corporations CAR. The CAR is part of what in Colombia is called the National Environmental System, SINA, and although they are not subject to administrative hierarchies by the Ministry of environment, discusses the true scope of its administrative autonomy. The discussion about the autonomy of the CAR has created tensions between the central level and the decentralized level to the point of being necessary the intervention of the constitutional court to set limits to the possibility for the Ministry to intervene in the proceedings of the CAR, and to define those competencies that the CAR can act autonomously

  6. Autonomic neuropathy

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    Hilsted, J

    1983-01-01

    The diagnosis of autonomic neuropathy is often difficult to establish, since clinical symptoms generally appear late in the course of the disease, and may be non-specific. A number of recently developed quantifiable and reproducible autonomic nerve function tests are reviewed, with emphasis on th...

  7. Autonomic neuropathy

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    Hilsted, J

    1980-01-01

    In order to elucidate the physiological significance of autonomic neuropathy in juvenile diabetics, cardiovascular, hormonal and metabolic functions have been investigated in three groups of juvenile diabetics: One group had no signs of neuropathy, one group had presumably slight autonomic...... neuropathy (reduced beat-to-beat variation in heart rate during hyperventilation) and one group had clinically severe autonomic neuropathy, defined by presence of orthostatic hypotension. In all three experimental situations we found sympathetic dysfunction causing cardiovascular and/or hormonal...... maladjustments in patients with autonomic neuropathy. Regarding metabolic functions we found normal responses to graded exercise and insulin-induced hypoglycemia in patients with autonomic neuropathy in spite of blunted catecholamine responses, suggesting increased sensitivity of glycogen stores and adipose...

  8. Variabilidad en la utilización de antihipertensivos entre las zonas básicas de salud de la Comunidad Valenciana Variations in antihypertensive drug utilization among primary care areas in the autonomous region of Valencia (Spain

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    Gabriel Sanfélix-Gimeno

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Estimar el consumo de cinco subgrupos terapéuticos empleados en el tratamiento de la hipertensión arterial en las zonas básicas de salud (ZBS de la Comunidad Valenciana, y analizar sus variaciones. Métodos: Estudio ecológico, descriptivo, del consumo de antihipertensivos en las ZBS de la Comunidad Valenciana en el año 2005, seguido de análisis de la variabilidad observada. Se estudiaron las 239 ZBS existentes mediante un análisis descriptivo de consumo (dosis diarias definidas [DDD] por 1.000 habitantes y día en pensionistas [DDD/1.000p/día] o activos [DDD/1.000a/día] y razones estandarizadas de utilización. Para el análisis de la variabilidad se utilizaron los estadísticos del análisis de áreas pequeñas. También se analizaron las asociaciones entre el consumo de los diferentes subgrupos terapéuticos. Resultados: El consumo global de antihipertensivos en la Comunidad Valenciana en 2005 fue de 235,6 DDD/1.000/día. Este consumo se concentra en los pensionistas (800DDD/1.000p/día frente a 73 DDD/1000a/día. El consumo de fármacos antihipertensivos, por subgrupos terapéuticos, osciló entre 442DDD/1000p/día para los IECA/ARA-II y 32DDD/1.000p/día para la doxazosina. Para los activos se observó un comportamiento similar. La variabilidad en el consumo fue moderada, con coeficientes de variación entre 0,20 y 0,40 (algo mayor en los activos. Los consumos de los diferentes grupos terapéuticos correlacionaron fuertemente entre sí. Conclusiones: Este estudio muestra una notable variabilidad en el consumo global de antihipertensivos por ZBS en la Comunidad Valenciana, probablemente debida a un problema de infrautilización en las ZBS con bajo consumo.Objectives: To estimate consumption of five subgroups of antihypertensive drugs by primary care areas and to analyze its variation. Methods: We performed an ecological, descriptive study of antihypertensive consumption in 239 primary care areas in the autonomous region of

  9. Expansión del Sector Público Empresarial en las Autonomías y Ayuntamientos. Evolución y análisis de las posibles causas

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    2008-01-01

    Uno de los hechos destacables en la evolución de las comunidades autónomas y los municipios españoles en la última década es el fuerte crecimiento que ha experimentado el número de empresas públicas creadas. Un crecimiento que contrasta claramente con el proceso de reducción que ha seguido el sector público empresarial del Estado, a través de las privatizaciones y la liquidación de empresas que anteriormente eran públicas. El texto expondrá los datos que reflejan este hecho y propondrá un con...

  10. Emancipación y democracia: sus relaciones desde las reflexiones sobre autonomía y corte de Adorno y Althusser

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    Gisela Catanzaro

    2015-01-01

    Desde distintas tradiciones políticas que en determinados momentos han llegado a configurar cierto sentido común, ha sido posible sostener una interpretación común de la historia y de la práctica política según la cual la lógica de la emancipación resultaría incompatible con, o enfrentada a, la lógica de la democracia. La problematización de la autonomía por Th. Adorno, y del corte por L. Althusser, permitirían -en cambiorepensar su relación más allá de la oposición pura entre ruptura instan...

  11. La autonomía y el cogobierno en las leyes orgánicas de la Universidad de la República

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    Vicente Cremanti

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available El tema de la educación ha merecido en el correr de los meses recientes una atención particular por parte de los gobernantes y los partidos políticos, en la búsqueda de acuerdos tendientes al mejoramiento de una situación que muchos califican de crítica.Las objeciones principales que se han formulado por quienes critican la situación actual de la enseñanza pública tiene que ver con problemas de gestión, señalados tanto por voceros del Gobierno, de los partidos de oposición y de las propias autoridades de los entes.El propósito de este trabajo es contribuir al conocimiento de la evolución de la normativa que rige la educación pública superior.

  12. El papel autónomo de enfermería en las consultas The autonomous role of nursing during medical visits O papel autônomo da enfermagem nas consultas

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    CARO CLARA VIRGINIA

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo hace referencia a la autonomía de enfermería en las consultas de atención primaria. Surgió de las inquietudes que plantean las enfermeras sobre su autonomía en el desarrollo de su rol en el marco de la estrategia de atención primaria en salud (APS. Además de la revisión de la literatura sobre la temática, contiene algunos lineamientos para hacer una aproximación a la autonomía de las enfermeras a través de la APS. Está dirigido a todos los profesionales de enfermería que comparten la esperanza de llegar a tomar decisiones propias, teniendo en cuenta que la falta de delimitación de sus funciones implica una repercusión importante para la profesión y la sociedad. Para la profesión porque hace más difícil la consolidación del logro de su identidad profesional, tan necesaria y promulgada en la actualidad, y en la sociedad porque redunda en la calidad de la atención que se brinda y en la imagen que esta tiene de la enfermería.This article refers to the nursing autonomy in primary assistance patient services. It originated from the questions posed by nurses on the autonomy in the development of their role within the framework of the health primary assistance strategy (APS for its initials in Spanish. In addition to the literature review on the issue, it contains some guidelines to make an approach to the nurses’ autonomy through the APS. It is geared at all the nursing professionals who share the hope to, one day, be able to make their own decisions, taking into account that the lack of definition of their functions has an important repercussion for the nursing profession and for society. For the profession because it makes consolidation of professional identity more difficult, an identity that is much needed and promoted nowadays, and for society because it is reflected in the quality of the assistance provided and in the image people have of nursing.O presente artigo se refere à autonomia da enfermagem

  13. Los debates del Estatuto de Autonomía de Cataluña en las cortes republicanas (mayo-agosto de 1932. El idioma catalán y el sistema escolar

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    Xavier Tornafoch Yuste

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available La discusión del Estatuto de Cataluña en el marco de la constitución del nuevo régimen republicano, surgido de las elecciones municipales del 12 de abril de 1931, evidenció las diferencias que persistían en el seno de la comunidad política española sobre esta cuestión. Los partidos republicanos catalanes, decididamente favorables al autogobierno de Cataluña se enfrentaron en las Cortes a la mayoría de organizaciones españolas, de derecha y de izquierda, reacias a conceder una autonomía política a la región catalana. Los dos aspectos que más debate suscitaron fueron la oficialidad del idioma catalán y el sistema escolar. Esta polémica parlamentaria se llevó a cabo entre los meses d emayo y agosto del año 1932._____________________ABSTRACT:The discusion of the Statute of Catalonia in the framework of the constitution of the new one republican state, arisen of the lections of April 12, 1931, showed the differences that persisted in the breast of the political community Spanish on this question. The republican parties Catalonians, determined favorable to self-government of Catalonia they were faced in the Courts to the Spanish majority of organizations, of riht and of left, reluctant to grant a political autonomy to the Catalonian region. The two aspects that more debates stirred up were the official character of the Catalonian language and the school system. This parliamentary polemics was carried out among the months of May and August of the year 1932.

  14. Ley de Promoción de la Autonomía y Atención a las personas en situación de dependencia: análisis de su implantación en Castilla y León

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    Cañas Rodríguez, Henar

    2014-01-01

    La pretensión de este Trabajo Fin de Grado es analizar el avance de la Ley de Promoción de la Autonomía Personal y Atención a las personas en situación de dependencia en la Comunidad de Castilla y León a raíz de las diversas modificaciones que se han realizado en la ley y las consecuencias que ello ha causado tanto en el Sistema para la Autonomía y Atención a la Dependencia como en el Sistema de Servicios Sociales. El gran porcentaje de población envejecida existente en esta ...

  15. Correlation between basal serum IGF-1 levels and functional autonomy in elderly women. (Correlación entre los niveles sericos de IGF-1 basal y autonomía funcional en las ancianas.

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    Rodrigo Gomes de Souza Vale

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The aim of the present study was to determine the degree of correlation between basal serum IGF-1 levels and functional autonomy in the performance of activities of daily living (ADL. The sample comprised 11 elderly individuals, disregarding their ADLs (age = 68.18 ± 5.19 years; body mass index (BMI = 28.89 ± 3.44 kg/m2 and not enrolled in physical exercise programs for at least 3 months. The subjects were submitted to a battery of 5 functional autonomy tests from the GDLAM protocol and blood collection to assess serum IGF-1 levels. Using Pearson’s correlation, we found a significant mean correlation coefficient (r between the 10 m walking test (10mW and IGF-1 (r = -0.690; p = 0.009 and mean correlation, but not significant between the putting on and removing a t-shirt test (PRTS and IGF-1 (r = -0.528 and between the general autonomy index (AI and IGF-1 (r = -0.417. The correlation was low in the remaining tests, but inversed. This suggests that the decline in IGF-1 with age may decrease ADL performance in the elderly. Key words: Serum IGF-1; ADL; elderly. Resumen El objetivo del presente estudio fue comprobar el nivel de la correlación entre los niveles de serum basal de IGF-1 y la autonomía funcional para la realización de las actividades de la vida diaria en personas mayores (edad = 68,18 ± 5,19 años; índice de la masa corporal, IMC = 28,89 ± 3,44 kg/m2, no participantes de los programas de ejercicios físico desde hace un mínimo de 3 meses. Los sujetos fueron sometidos a una batería de 5 tareas de autonomía funcional del protocolo GDLAM y un análisis de sangre para evaluar los niveles de serum de IGF-1. A través de la correlación de Pearson se comprobó la existencia de un coeficiente de la correlación (r medio y significativo entre el examen de la marcha 10m (C10m y el IGF-1 (r = -0,690; p=0,009 y la correlación media, pero no significativa ,entre el test de vestirse y quitarse una camiseta (VTC y el IGF-1 (r= -0

  16. La formación de la pólis en la Grecia Antigua: autonomía del campesinado, subordinación de las aldeas

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    Julián Gallego

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Se estudia el desarrollo de la pólis griega y sus bases sociales de origen aldeano. Se em-prende primeramente un cotejo de los conceptos de campesino y farmer para sopesar qué catego-ría resulta más apropiada para analizar a los pequeños productores antiguos. A partir de esto se revisa el testimonio de Hesíodo en Trabajos y días sobre la existencia de una situación de depen-dencia del campesinado. Por último, se examinan los cambios provocados por la subordinación de las aldeas a la ciudad, considerando la participación política de los labradores y el rol de la al-dea como subdivisión cívica de la pólis

  17. Entre la autonomía y la dependencia: interpelando las políticas de empleo desde una perspectiva de género Between autonomy and independency: challenging employment policies from a gender perspective

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    Nora Goren

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available En un contexto en donde los marcos colectivos que estructuran la identidad social e individual de la población se fueron desistitucionalizando, nos vemos obligados a repensarlos en el marco de los nuevos procesos de socialización, donde el trabajo, mirado de manera tradicional, deja de ser el eje central de referencia. Aparecen nuevos espacios que dan lugar a esta construcción que se expresa en términos identitarios, en los cuales la política social, a través del poder simbólico que posee derivado de la capacidad que tiene el Estado de establecer clasificaciones, define identidades sociales al condicionar las prácticas cotidianas de los actores y actrices sociales. Las mujeres subjetivan su paso por los programas sociales, dándole un significado particular. En este sentido el trabajo presenta una tipología elaborada a partir de la lejanía o la proximidad en la que pueden encontrarse las mujeres, "beneficiarias" de programas de empleo, respecto a la posibilidad de construir su propia autonomía. Esta se propone aportar al momento de interpelar las acciones sociales desde una perspectiva de género, en tanto habilitantes, en mayor o en menor medida, de cambios en los repertorios subjetivos de las mujeres y de una forma diferente o no de hacer las cosas y de verse a si mismas y a su futuro. La metodología utilizada para la elaboración de esta tipología basada en la exploración de las representaciones e imaginarios femeninos explícitos e implícitos, fue de tipo cualitativo, esta metodología tiene la peculiaridad de captar la perspectiva interna de los actores y actrices sociales por medio de la utilización de un lenguaje de conceptos (Glasser y Strauss, 1967; Denzin y Lincoln, 1994.In a context where the collective frameworks that structure people's social and individual identities have been deinstitutionalizing, we are compelled to rethink them within the framework of the new processes of socialization, in which labor, as

  18. The Application of New Structure and Process in Conductive Plastic Potentiometer%新结构、新工艺在导电塑料电位器中的应用

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    王永军; 何钢

    2015-01-01

    The article mainly introduces the application process of multi figure wiper mix and the screen printing of conductive substrate in precision conductive plastic potentiometer, illustrates the key role of new structure and process in improving technical index of precision conductive plastic potentiometer and large-scale production.%本文主要介绍了精密导电塑料电位器多指刷结构及导电基体丝网印刷工艺的应用过程,重点阐述了新结构、新工艺对精密导电塑料电位器技术指标提高和规模化生产的重要作用。

  19. Las incumbencias

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    Emilio Fermín Mignone

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Desde mediados de la década de 1970 se desarrolló en la Argentina un sistema dirigido a establecer las denominadas incumbencias de las profesiones universitarias, que ha alcanzado notable dimensión. Sin embargo, no conozco hasta el presente un análisis pormenorizado de su evolución ni de sus fundamentos legales; ni una reflexión acerca de sus propósitos, ventajas e inconvenientes. El propósito de este trabajo es iniciar dicho examen para contribuir con una propuesta racional al desenvolvimiento de una política universitaria orientada hacia el acrecentamiento de la autonomía de los establecimientos, la distinción entre el título académico y la habilitación profesional, la desregulación, en la medida de lo razonable, del ejercicio de las profesiones y la evaluación periódica de la calidad de la educación superior, a fin de procurar su excelencia, pertinencia, eficiencia y equidad

  20. L'Estatut bàsic de l'empleat públic: les competències autonòmiques - El Estatuto Básico del Empelado Público: las competencias autonómicas - The Basic Statute for Public Employees: the Powers of the Autonomous Governments

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    Federico Castillo Blanco

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available El treball  que es presenta és un estudi de les competències autonòmiques en matèria d'ocupació  pública i, molt especialment, d'allò que es refereix a les competències assumides per Catalunya en virtut de les reformes estatutàries esdevingudes en els últims anys i la incidència de la jurisprudència constitucional sobre aquestes reformes esdevinguda com a conseqüència de l'examen de la constitucionalitat del nou Estatut d'autonomia.El trabajo que se presenta es un estudio de las competencias autonómicas en materia de empleo público y, muy especialmente, en aquello que se refiere a las competencias asumidas por Cataluña en virtud de las reformas estatutarias acontecidas en los últimos años y la incidencia en las mismas de la jurisprudencia constitucional emitida como consecuencia del examen de la constitucionalidad del nuevo Estatuto de autonomía.This paper studies the powers of the governments of the autonomous regions with respect to public employment, in particular, 1 the powers taken on by Catalonia as a result of the statutory reforms of recent years, and 2 the impact on these powers of the constitutional case law that has developed as a result of the challenges to the constitutionality of the new Statute of Autonomy. 

  1. Autonomous Search

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    Hamadi, Youssef; Saubion, Frédéric

    2012-01-01

    Decades of innovations in combinatorial problem solving have produced better and more complex algorithms. These new methods are better since they can solve larger problems and address new application domains. They are also more complex which means that they are hard to reproduce and often harder to fine-tune to the peculiarities of a given problem. This last point has created a paradox where efficient tools are out of reach of practitioners. Autonomous search (AS) represents a new research field defined to precisely address the above challenge. Its major strength and originality consist in the

  2. Pure Autonomic Failure

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    ... Drugs GARD Information Navigator FAQs About Rare Diseases Pure autonomic failure Title Other Names: Bradbury Eggleston syndrome; ... Categories: Nervous System Diseases ; RDCRN Summary Summary Listen Pure autonomic failure is characterized by generalized autonomic failure ...

  3. Development of A Deep Ocean Electric Autonomous Manipulator

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    XIAO Zhi-hu; XU Guo-hua; PENG Fu-yuan; TANG Guo-yuan; SHEN Xiong; YANG Bo

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes an underwater 3500 m electric manipulator(named Huahai-4E,stands for four functions deep ocean electric manipulator in China),which has been developed at underwater manipulation technology lab in Huazhong University of Science and Technology(HUST)for a test bed of studying of deep ocean manipulation technologies.The manipulator features modular integration joints, and layered architecture control system.The oil-filled,pressure-compensated joint is compactly designed and integrated of a permanent magnet(PM)brushless motor,a drive circuit,a harmonic gear and an angular feedback potentiometer.The underwater control system is based on a network and consisted of three embedded PC/104 computers which are used for servo control,task plan and target sensor respectively.They communicate through User Datagram Protocol(UDP)multicast communication in Vxworks OS.A supervisor PC with a virtual 3D GUI is fiber linked to underwater control system.Furthermore,the manipulator is equipped with a sensor system including a unique ultra-sonic probe array and an underwater camera.Autonomous grasp strategy based multi-sensor is studied.The results of watertight test in 40 MPa,joint's efficiency test and autonomous grasp experiments in tank are also presented.

  4. Development of a deep ocean electric autonomous manipulator

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    Xiao, Zhi-Hu; Xu, Guo-Hua; Peng, Fu-Yuan; Tang, Guo-Yuan; Shen, Xiong; Yang, Bo

    2011-03-01

    This paper describes an underwater 3500 m electric manipulator (named Huahai-4E, stands for four functions deep ocean electric manipulator in China), which has been developed at underwater manipulation technology lab in Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) for a test bed of studying of deep ocean manipulation technologies. The manipulator features modular integration joints, and layered architecture control system. The oil-filled, pressure-compensated joint is compactly designed and integrated of a permanent magnet (PM) brushless motor, a drive circuit, a harmonic gear and an angular feedback potentiometer. The underwater control system is based on a network and consisted of three embedded PC/104 computers which are used for servo control, task plan and target sensor respectively. They communicate through User Datagram Protocol (UDP) multicast communication in Vxworks OS. A supervisor PC with a virtual 3D GUI is fiber linked to underwater control system. Furthermore, the manipulator is equipped with a sensor system including a unique ultra-sonic probe array and an underwater camera. Autonomous grasp strategy based multi-sensor is studied. The results of watertight test in 40 MPa, joint's efficiency test and autonomous grasp experiments in tank are also presented.

  5. Comparación de las lesiones no mortales por accidente de trabajo por Comunidades Autónomas en España (1994-2004 Comparison of non-fatal occupational injuries by autonomous communities in Spain (1994-2004

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    María López-Ruiz

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Dadas las diferencias observadas en estudios previos de la incidencia de lesiones por accidente de trabajo (LAT por Comunidades Autónomas (CC.AA., en este estudio hemos evaluado la hipótesis de homogeneidad de la incidencia de las LAT para tipos específicos de accidentes y en determinadas actividades, entre 1994 y 2004. Métodos: Las LAT analizadas fueron no mortales con baja, de tipo mecánico y sobreesfuerzo, ocurridas en jornada en centro para empresas manufactureras y de la construcción. Se calculó el riesgo relativo ajustado por sexo, edad y tipo de contrato en cada una de las CC.AA. mediante la razón de LAT estandarizada, tomando como referencia las tasas de España, y estratificando según duración de la baja (menos de 16 días y más de 15 días. Resultados: El riesgo relativo ajustado de LAT según los diferentes tipos de accidentes analizados presenta una distribución heterogénea entre CC.AA. Murcia, Navarra, Baleares y País Vasco se encuentran generalmente entre las comunidades con riesgos más elevados, mientras que Castilla-León y Extremadura son las que tienen principalmente menores riesgos de sufrir una LAT. Conclusiones: La heterogeneidad en la incidencia de LAT entre CC.AA. persiste después de seleccionar una serie de formas de accidente específicas y ajustar por sexo, edad y tipo de contrato. Por ello sugerimos que, además de seguir analizando las condiciones de trabajo como explicación de esta heterogeneidad, se tengan en cuenta otras variables socioeconómicas al comparar las incidencias de LAT entre CC.AA.Objectives: Given the differences observed in previous studies with respect to occupational injury rates in Spain's autonomous communities, this study tested the homogeneity hypothesis of occupational injury for specific accident types and economic activity between 1994 and 2004. Methods: We analyzed non-fatal injuries of a mechanical nature or those due to overexertion taking place in

  6. Diabetic autonomic neuropathy.

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    Freeman, Roy

    2014-01-01

    Diabetes mellitus is the commonest cause of an autonomic neuropathy in the developed world. Diabetic autonomic neuropathy causes a constellation of symptoms and signs affecting cardiovascular, urogenital, gastrointestinal, pupillomotor, thermoregulatory, and sudomotor systems. Several discrete syndromes associated with diabetes cause autonomic dysfunction. The most prevalent of these are: generalized diabetic autonomic neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy associated with the prediabetic state, treatment-induced painful and autonomic neuropathy, and transient hypoglycemia-associated autonomic neuropathy. These autonomic manifestations of diabetes are responsible for the most troublesome and disabling features of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and result in a significant proportion of the mortality and morbidity associated with the disease.

  7. The Role That Socioaffective Practices Play in Third Graders' Autonomous Learning (El papel de las prácticas socioafectivas en el aprendizaje autónomo de estudiantes de tercer grado)

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    Perdomo Toro, Jhonatan; Rico González, Ángela Milena; Huepa Salcedo, Nury Catherine

    2011-01-01

    In this article we describe and analyze how autonomous learning emerges in third graders' socioaffective practices as reconstructed in written narratives. Results were obtained by analyzing and reflecting on classroom observation, interviews and written narratives done by the students which let us appreciate different behaviors and reactions…

  8. Autonomic Nervous System Disorders

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    Your autonomic nervous system is the part of your nervous system that controls involuntary actions, such as the beating of your heart ... breathing and swallowing Erectile dysfunction in men Autonomic nervous system disorders can occur alone or as the result ...

  9. Autoimmune Autonomic Ganglionopathy

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    ... Accessed 9/2/2015. Autoimmune Autonomic Ganglionopathy Summary. Dysautonomia International . http://www.dysautonomiainternational.org/page.php?ID= ... page Basic Information In Depth Information Basic Information Dysautonomia International offers an information page on Autoimmune autonomic ...

  10. [Trigeminal autonomic cephalgias].

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    Maximova, M Yu; Piradov, M A; Suanova, E T; Sineva, N A

    2015-01-01

    Review of literature on the trigeminal autonomic cephalgias are presented. Trigeminal autonomic cephalgias are primary headaches with phenotype consisting of trigeminal pain with autonomic sign including lacrimation, rhinorrhea and miosis. Discussed are issues of classification, pathogenesis, clinical picture, diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment of this headache. Special attention is paid to cluster headache, paroxysmal hemicrania, SUNCT syndrome, hemicrania continua.

  11. Organizaciones de la sociedad civil y peronismo local. ¿Cooptación o autonomía? El caso de las asociaciones vecinales de Río Cuarto en tiempos del primer peronismo

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    Basconzuelo, Celia

    2014-01-01

    Resumen Este artículo se propone analizar la relación que el peronismo local estableció con las asociaciones de base. Éstas constituyen la unidad de análisis elegida, y serán entendidas como organizaciones de la sociedad civil. A partir de este estudio de caso se demostrará que las entidades fomentistas existentes durante los años peronistas mantuvieron sus actividades emblemáticas, el peronismo no ocluyó esa dinámica civil pero buscó controlarla y regularla j...

  12. A Method for Determination of Total Organic Acids in Tea Plant with Automatic Potentiometic Titration%茶树中总有机酸的自动电位滴定仪测定方法

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    朱旭君; 杨平平; 徐仁扣; 王玉花; 黎星辉

    2014-01-01

    建立了一种应用自动电位滴定仪快速检测茶树中总有机酸的方法,并用该方法测定了茶树新芽、幼叶、成熟叶,以及凋落叶中总有机酸的含量。结果表明,样品经乙醇提取、减压浓缩,再经过先碱化后酸化处理,乙酸乙酯萃取后,用自动电位滴定仪检测茶树叶片中的总有机酸,有机酸的添加量为2.0~45.0 mg·g-1,回收率为96.0%~99.6%,相对标准偏差(RSD)≤5.7%,该方法是茶树叶片总有机酸含量测定的简单快捷方法。运用该方法,新芽、幼叶、成熟叶、凋落叶总有机酸含量的测定值分别为44.9、20.1、21.1、1.99 mg·g-1。%A method for determination of total organic acids in tea plant by automatic potentiometic titrator was established in this study. And the content of total organic acids in bud, young leaf, mature leaf and withered leaf were determined by this method. The results showed that after extracting by ethanol, concentrated under reduced pressure, the concentrated solution was alkalized and acidified, then detected with automatic potentiometic titrator, the samples were spiked at the level of 2.0-45.0 mg·g-1, and the recovery of organic acids range from 96.0%-99.6%with RSD less than 5.7%. This simple and sensitive method meets with the analytical requirement to total organic acids in tea. The content of total organic acids in bud, young leaf, mature l eaf and withered leaf was 44.9, 20.1, 21.1 and 1.99 mg·g-1 respectively.

  13. Trigeminal autonomic cephalgias

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    Benoliel, Rafael

    2012-01-01

    1. Trigeminal autonomic cephalgias (TACs) are headaches/facial pains classified together based on:a suspected common pathophysiology involving the trigeminovascular system, the trigeminoparasympathetic reflex and centres controlling circadian rhythms;a similar clinical presentation of trigeminal pain, and autonomic activation.

  14. Testing for autonomic neuropathy

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    Hilsted, J

    1984-01-01

    Autonomic neuropathy is a common complication in long-term diabetes, about 30% of the patients showing measurable signs of autonomic dysfunction after 10 years duration of disease. The diagnosis is often difficult to establish because clinical symptoms generally occur late in the course...

  15. Organizaciones de la sociedad civil y peronismo local. ¿Cooptación o autonomía? El caso de las asociaciones vecinales de Río Cuarto en tiempos del primer peronismo

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    Basconzuelo, Celia

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen Este artículo se propone analizar la relación que el peronismo local estableció con las asociaciones de base. Éstas constituyen la unidad de análisis elegida, y serán entendidas como organizaciones de la sociedad civil. A partir de este estudio de caso se demostrará que las entidades fomentistas existentes durante los años peronistas mantuvieron sus actividades emblemáticas, el peronismo no ocluyó esa dinámica civil pero buscó controlarla y regularla jurídicamente, además consiguió peronizar algunas de ellas pero no ocurrió así con las organizaciones que se constituyeron en los años terminales del peronismo. Más aún, éstas crecieron geométricamente durante el posperonismo. Sobre la base de las fuentes periodísticas, de actas asamblearias y de las entrevistas a vecinalistas que protagonizaron la génesis del movimiento en 1954, se da cuenta de la continuidad de la práctica fomentista así como las diferencias que marcaron al nuevo vecinalismo en Río Cuarto, una ciudad del sur cordobés. Abstract This article intends to analyze the relationship of based partnerships established local peronism. These constitute the unit of analysis that is chosen, and will be understood as civil society organizations. From this case study will demonstrate that entities existing fomentistas during the Peronist years maintained its flagship activities, peronism not occluded that dynamic civil but sought to control and regulate it legally, also got peronizar some of them but did not take place as well with organizations that peronism terminals were formed over the years. Moreover, these grew geometrically over the posperonismo. On the basis of journalistic sources, assembly records and interviews with vecinalistas that they were the genesis of the movement in 1954, he realizes the defense of autonomy and efforts at co-opting municipal in Rio Cuarto, a city in southern Cordoba.

  16. Autonomía emocional durante la adolescencia

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    Oliva Delgado, Alfredo; Parra Jiménez, Agueda

    2001-01-01

    El objetivo de esta investigación fue estudiar la relación entre la autonomía emocional respecto a los padres y el tipo de relaciones establecidas entre padres e hijos durante la adolescencia. También pretendíamos analizar las características socio-emocionales de aquellos chicos y chicas que manifiestan una alta autonomía emocional, así como el papel moderador jugado por el género y la calidad del contexto familiar sobre las relaciones entre la desvinculación afectiva y el desarro...

  17. Mis primeros pasos hacia la autonomía

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    Down España

    2012-01-01

    Guía para fomentar la autonomía de los niños con síndrome de Down desde los primeros años. La publicación está orientada a familias y pretende ayudarles a reconocer la importancia de esta primera etapa, unos años que sentarán, no sólo las bases para su adecuado desarrollo, sino también las de su futura autonomía.

  18. Autonomous linear lossless systems

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    Rao, Shodhan; Rapisarda, Paolo

    2008-01-01

    We define a lossless autonomous system as one having a quadratic differential form associated with it called an energy function, which is positive and which is conserved. We define an oscillatory system as one which has all its trajectories bounded on the entire time axis. In this paper, we show that an autonomous system is lossless if and only if it is oscillatory. Next we discuss a few properties of energy functions of autonomous lossless systems and a suitable way of splitting a given ener...

  19. Autonomous surveillance for biosecurity.

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    Jurdak, Raja; Elfes, Alberto; Kusy, Branislav; Tews, Ashley; Hu, Wen; Hernandez, Emili; Kottege, Navinda; Sikka, Pavan

    2015-04-01

    The global movement of people and goods has increased the risk of biosecurity threats and their potential to incur large economic, social, and environmental costs. Conventional manual biosecurity surveillance methods are limited by their scalability in space and time. This article focuses on autonomous surveillance systems, comprising sensor networks, robots, and intelligent algorithms, and their applicability to biosecurity threats. We discuss the spatial and temporal attributes of autonomous surveillance technologies and map them to three broad categories of biosecurity threat: (i) vector-borne diseases; (ii) plant pests; and (iii) aquatic pests. Our discussion reveals a broad range of opportunities to serve biosecurity needs through autonomous surveillance. PMID:25744760

  20. Evolución de la prevalencia de tabaquismo entre las médicas y enfermeras de la Comunidad de Madrid Evolution of the prevalence of smoking among female physicians and nurses in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Spain

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    M.L. Fernández Ruiz

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Fundamentos: En España la prevalencia de tabaquismo es elevada y se está incrementando entre las mujeres. El objetivo de nuestro estudio es estudiar la evolución de la prevalencia de tabaquismo entre las médicas y enfermeras de la Comunidad de Madrid, sus conocimientos y conductas al respecto, así como la existencia de espacios libres de humo en los centros sanitarios. Métodos: Se han realizado, en 1998 y 2001, estudios descriptivos transversales entre las médicas y enfermeras de la Comunidad de Madrid mediante una encuesta sobre hábito tabáquico, en muestreos polietápicos por conglomerados. Resultados: En 1998 se estudió a 1.235 profesionales (435 médicas y 800 enfermeras y en 2001 a 1.000 (400 médicas y 600 enfermeras. Eran fumadoras el 43,1% en 1998 y el 43% en 2001, y en ambos años el tabaquismo fue más frecuente entre las enfermeras (el 47,6 y el 47%, respectivamente que entre las médicas (el 34,7 y el 37%, y entre quienes trabajan en atención especializada (el 46,6 y el 46,7% respecto a las que lo hacen en atención primaria (el 35,3 y el 37,3%. No se encontraron diferencias significativas en la prevalencia de tabaquismo según la profesión, comparando ambos años. En las dos encuestas las médicas más jóvenes (Background: Smoking is a major cause of mortality in Spain. Tobacco smoking by health care workers has a negative influence on the general population. In Spain, the prevalence of smoking is high and is increasing among women. The aim of this study was to identify tobacco consumption among female physicians and nurses in the Community of Madrid, as well as to determine their knowledge about smoking and whether smoke-free areas are available in health centers. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was performed in 1998 and 2001 through survey of smoking habits in the female medical staff in the Community of Madrid. Multi-stage sampling with conglomerates was used. Results: We studied 1235 health

  1. Las competencias emocionales

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    Rafael Bisquerra Alzina

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El concepto de competencia está en revisión debido a su complejidad. Hay diversas categorías de competencias: técnicas, profesionales, participativas, personales, básicas, clave, genéricas, transferibles, emocionales, socio-emocionales, etc. En este trabajo se toman en consideración las competencias emocionales, entendidas como un subconjunto de las competencias personales. Se exponen los trabajos en torno a estas competencias y se aporta una conceptualización y una sistemática estructurada en cinco grandes bloques: conciencia emocional, regulación emocional, autonomía emocional, competencia social, habilidades de vida y bienestar. Se hace referencia a las aplicaciones de las competencias emocionales en la empresa, la salud y la educación. De cara a la clarificación de conceptos, se establece la distinción entre inteligencia emocional, competencia emocional y educación emocional.

  2. Highly Autonomous Systems Workshop

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    Doyle, R.; Rasmussen, R.; Man, G.; Patel, K.

    1998-01-01

    It is our aim by launching a series of workshops on the topic of highly autonomous systems to reach out to the larger community interested in technology development for remotely deployed systems, particularly those for exploration.

  3. Autonomic Nervous System Disorders

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    ... with breathing and swallowing Erectile dysfunction in men Autonomic nervous system disorders can occur alone or as the result of another disease, such as Parkinson's disease, alcoholism and diabetes. Problems can affect either part ...

  4. Autonomous Star Tracker Algorithms

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    Betto, Maurizio; Jørgensen, John Leif; Kilsgaard, Søren;

    1998-01-01

    Proposal, in response to an ESA R.f.P., to design algorithms for autonomous star tracker operations.The proposal also included the development of a star tracker breadboard to test the algorithms performances.......Proposal, in response to an ESA R.f.P., to design algorithms for autonomous star tracker operations.The proposal also included the development of a star tracker breadboard to test the algorithms performances....

  5. Desde la madre-patria Española al estado de las autonomías: la idea de España en los manuales escolares (1900-2007

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    Ana María BADANELLI RUBIO

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: En este artículo se recoge una serie de textos representativos de cómo se explicó la idea de España a los niños en los manuales escolares editados entre 1900 y 2007 y pertenecientes fundamentalmente al nivel de la Enseñanza Primaria y a las materias de Educación Moral y Cívica o Ciencias Sociales. Se ha realizado una selección de libros atendiendo a criterios de impacto y a la variedad de modelos nacionalistas incluidos en ellos. No es nuestro propósito establecer conclusiones generales, pero sí apuntar la existencia de discursos nacionalistas que aparecen en momentos concretos y son dominantes en ese periodo, aunque coexistan, incluso dentro de la misma obra, con otros discursos de diferentes épocas o tendencias. Ilustramos esta hipótesis con algunos ejemplos entresacados de los manuales escolares elegidos. También afirmamos la importancia de realizar un análisis paralelo de textos e imágenes, ya que las imágenes transportan las representaciones simbólicas de la identidad nacional de España.ABSTRACT: In this article we present a set of representative texts about the way in which the idea of Spain was transmitted to the children in the textbooks published between 1900 and 2007 that were mainly used in Primary Education and in the subjects of Moral and Civic Education or Social Sciences. We have made the selection of books according to the criteria of impact and to the diversity of nationalistic models that they were including. It is not our aim to draw general conclusions on the topic, but we would like to point to the existence of nationalist discourses that appeared in specific moments and that were the dominant discourse of this specific historical period, although it is possible that they coexist, even inside the same book, together with other discourses belonging to other very different epochs or tendencies. We illustrate this hypothesis with some examples taken from the chosen textbooks. We also state the

  6. La condicionalidad estructural de las IFIS y la autonomía de la política económica: crítica a los argumentos de la impotencia

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    Oscar Mario Mañán García

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available La política de condicionalidad estructural llevada a cabo por instituciones financieras internacionales (IFIS es criticada por poner en tela de juicio la soberanía y el albedrío de países para determinar su futuro. Las exigencias impuestas por dichas instituciones, a cambio de financiamientos para el desarrollo, a menudo se utilizan como pretexto para ocultar responsabilidades de gobiernos en fracasos económicos. Hoy día, una profunda revisión de esta condicionalidad se instala tanto a partir de críticos como de sus mismos propulsores. Sustentamos que la coyuntura es alentadora para que países emergentes hagan pesar sus especificidades económicas, sociales y sus proyectos nacionales en la negociación con organismos internacionales de crédito. No obstante, la actitud de los gobiernos no inspira optimismo desmesurado y la crítica implacable de sus opositores destila cierto fatalismo.

  7. Autonomic disturbances in narcolepsy.

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    Plazzi, Giuseppe; Moghadam, Keivan Kaveh; Maggi, Leonardo Serra; Donadio, Vincenzo; Vetrugno, Roberto; Liguori, Rocco; Zoccoli, Giovanna; Poli, Francesca; Pizza, Fabio; Pagotto, Uberto; Ferri, Raffaele

    2011-06-01

    Narcolepsy is a clinical condition characterized mainly by excessive sleepiness and cataplexy. Hypnagogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis complete the narcoleptic tetrad; disrupted night sleep, automatic behaviors and weight gain are also usual complaints. Different studies focus on autonomic changes or dysfunctions among narcoleptic patients, such as pupillary abnormalities, fainting spells, erectile dysfunction, night sweats, gastric problems, low body temperature, systemic hypotension, dry mouth, heart palpitations, headache and extremities dysthermia. Even if many studies lack sufficient standardization or their results have not been replicated, a non-secondary involvement of the autonomic nervous system in narcolepsy is strongly suggested, mainly by metabolic and cardiovascular findings. Furthermore, the recent discovery of a high risk for overweight and for metabolic syndrome in narcoleptic patients represents an important warning for clinicians in order to monitor and follow them up for their autonomic functions. We review here studies on autonomic functions and clinical disturbances in narcoleptic patients, trying to shed light on the possible contribute of alterations of the hypocretin system in autonomic pathophysiology.

  8. Architecture of autonomous systems

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    Dikshit, Piyush; Guimaraes, Katia; Ramamurthy, Maya; Agrawala, Ashok; Larsen, Ronald L.

    1989-01-01

    Automation of Space Station functions and activities, particularly those involving robotic capabilities with interactive or supervisory human control, is a complex, multi-disciplinary systems design problem. A wide variety of applications using autonomous control can be found in the literature, but none of them seem to address the problem in general. All of them are designed with a specific application in mind. In this report, an abstract model is described which unifies the key concepts underlying the design of automated systems such as those studied by the aerospace contractors. The model has been kept as general as possible. The attempt is to capture all the key components of autonomous systems. With a little effort, it should be possible to map the functions of any specific autonomous system application to the model presented here.

  9. Exercise and autonomic function.

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    Goldsmith, R L; Bloomfield, D M; Rosenwinkel, E T

    2000-03-01

    The complex interplay between the dichotomous subdivisions of the autonomic nervous system establishes and maintains a delicately tuned homeostasis in spite of an ever-changing environment. Aerobic exercise training can increase activity of the parasympathetic nervous system and decrease sympathetic activity. Conversely, it is well-documented that cardiac disease is often characterized by attenuated parasympathetic activity and heightened sympathetic tone. A correlation between autonomic disequilibrium and disease has led to the hypothesis that exercise training, as a therapy that restores the autonomic nervous system towards normal function, may be associated with, and possibly responsible for, outcome improvements in various populations. This is merely one of the many benefits that is conferred by chronic exercise training and reviewed in this issue. PMID:10758814

  10. Autonomous electrochromic assembly

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    Berland, Brian Spencer; Lanning, Bruce Roy; Stowell, Jr., Michael Wayne

    2015-03-10

    This disclosure describes system and methods for creating an autonomous electrochromic assembly, and systems and methods for use of the autonomous electrochromic assembly in combination with a window. Embodiments described herein include an electrochromic assembly that has an electrochromic device, an energy storage device, an energy collection device, and an electrochromic controller device. These devices may be combined into a unitary electrochromic insert assembly. The electrochromic assembly may have the capability of generating power sufficient to operate and control an electrochromic device. This control may occur through the application of a voltage to an electrochromic device to change its opacity state. The electrochromic assembly may be used in combination with a window.

  11. Overview of the Autonomic Nervous System

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    ... reversible or progressive. Anatomy of the autonomic nervous system The autonomic nervous system is the part of ... they connect with. Function of the autonomic nervous system The autonomic nervous system controls internal body processes ...

  12. ADAM: ADaptive Autonomous Machine

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    Oosten, van Daan C.; Nijenhuis, Lucas F.J.; Bakkers, André W.P.; Vervoort, Wiek A.

    1996-01-01

    This paper describes a part of the development of an adaptive autonomous machine that is able to move in an unknown world extract knowledge out of the perceived data, has the possibility to reason, and finally has the capability to exchange experiences and knowledge with other agents. The agent is n

  13. Autonomous data transmission apparatus

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    Kotlyar, Oleg M.

    1997-01-01

    A autonomous borehole data transmission apparatus for transmitting measurement data from measuring instruments at the downhole end of a drill string by generating pressure pulses utilizing a transducer longitudinally responsive to magnetic field pulses caused by electrical pulses corresponding to the measured downhole parameters.

  14. Software Architecture for Autonomous Spacecraft

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    Shih, Jimmy S.

    1997-01-01

    The thesis objective is to design an autonomous spacecraft architecture to perform both deliberative and reactive behaviors. The Autonomous Small Planet In-Situ Reaction to Events (ASPIRE) project uses the architecture to integrate several autonomous technologies for a comet orbiter mission.

  15. La autonomía, una visión desde el cuidado enfermero

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    Busquets Surribas, Montserrat

    2004-01-01

    En este artículo trataremos el tema de la autonomía del paciente/usuario desde la visión del cuidado enfermero. La ética nos obliga a reflexionar sobre la bondad de nuestras acciones, sobre lo que consideramos más adecuado y nos obliga a ser capaces de justificar los motivos de todo ello. Por tanto, vamos a exponer las razones profesionales que nos llevan a definir la autonomía como el eje fundamental de las relaciones entre las enfermeras y los usuarios o enfermos, sea cual sea la condición ...

  16. Catecholamines and diabetic autonomic neuropathy

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    Hilsted, J

    1995-01-01

    In diabetic patients with autonomic neuropathy plasma noradrenaline concentration, used as an index of sympathetic nervous activity, is low. This decrease is, however, only found in patients with a long duration of diabetes with clinically severe autonomic neuropathy. This apparent insensitivity...... of plasma catecholamine measurements is not due to changes in the clearance of catecholamines in diabetic autonomic neuropathy. The physiological responses to infused adrenaline and to noradrenaline are enhanced, for noradrenaline mainly cardiovascular responses. Adrenoceptors (alpha and beta adrenoceptors......) are not altered in circulating blood cells in diabetic autonomic neuropathy. Thus, a generalized up-regulation of adrenoceptors does not occur in diabetic autonomic neuropathy....

  17. Mobile Autonomous Humanoid Assistant

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    Diftler, M. A.; Ambrose, R. O.; Tyree, K. S.; Goza, S. M.; Huber, E. L.

    2004-01-01

    A mobile autonomous humanoid robot is assisting human co-workers at the Johnson Space Center with tool handling tasks. This robot combines the upper body of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robonaut system with a Segway(TradeMark) Robotic Mobility Platform yielding a dexterous, maneuverable humanoid perfect for aiding human co-workers in a range of environments. This system uses stereo vision to locate human team mates and tools and a navigation system that uses laser range and vision data to follow humans while avoiding obstacles. Tactile sensors provide information to grasping algorithms for efficient tool exchanges. The autonomous architecture utilizes these pre-programmed skills to form human assistant behaviors. The initial behavior demonstrates a robust capability to assist a human by acquiring a tool from a remotely located individual and then following the human in a cluttered environment with the tool for future use.

  18. Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems

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    Jitendra R. Raol; Ajith Gopal

    2010-01-01

    Mobile intelligent autonomous systems (MIAS) is a fast emerging research area. Although it can be regarded as a general R&D area, it is mainly directed towards robotics. Several important subtopics within MIAS research are:(i) perception and reasoning, (ii) mobility and navigation,(iii) haptics and teleoperation, (iv) image fusion/computervision, (v) modelling of manipulators, (vi) hardware/software architectures for planning and behaviour learning leadingto robotic architecture, (vii) ve...

  19. Nature's Autonomous Oscillators

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    Mayr, H. G.; Yee, J.-H.; Mayr, M.; Schnetzler, R.

    2012-01-01

    Nonlinearity is required to produce autonomous oscillations without external time dependent source, and an example is the pendulum clock. The escapement mechanism of the clock imparts an impulse for each swing direction, which keeps the pendulum oscillating at the resonance frequency. Among nature's observed autonomous oscillators, examples are the quasi-biennial oscillation and bimonthly oscillation of the Earth atmosphere, and the 22-year solar oscillation. The oscillations have been simulated in numerical models without external time dependent source, and in Section 2 we summarize the results. Specifically, we shall discuss the nonlinearities that are involved in generating the oscillations, and the processes that produce the periodicities. In biology, insects have flight muscles, which function autonomously with wing frequencies that far exceed the animals' neural capacity; Stretch-activation of muscle contraction is the mechanism that produces the high frequency oscillation of insect flight, discussed in Section 3. The same mechanism is also invoked to explain the functioning of the cardiac muscle. In Section 4, we present a tutorial review of the cardio-vascular system, heart anatomy, and muscle cell physiology, leading up to Starling's Law of the Heart, which supports our notion that the human heart is also a nonlinear oscillator. In Section 5, we offer a broad perspective of the tenuous links between the fluid dynamical oscillators and the human heart physiology.

  20. Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias.

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    Eller, M; Goadsby, P J

    2016-01-01

    The trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TACs) are a group of primary headache disorders characterised by lateralized symptoms: prominent headache and ipsilateral cranial autonomic features, such as conjunctival injection, lacrimation and rhinorrhea. The TACs are: cluster headache (CH), paroxysmal hemicrania (PH), short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT)/short-lasting neuralgiform headache attacks with cranial autonomic features (SUNA) and hemicrania continua (HC). Their diagnostic criteria are outlined in the International Classification of Headache Disorders, third edition-beta (ICHD-IIIb). These conditions are distinguished by their attack duration and frequency, as well as response to treatment. HC is continuous and by definition responsive to indomethacin. The main differential when considering this headache is chronic migraine. Other TACs are remarkable for their short duration and must be distinguished from other short-lasting painful conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia and primary stabbing headache. Cluster headache is characterised by exquisitely painful attacks that occur in discrete episodes lasting 15-180 min a few times a day. In comparison, PH occurs more frequently and is of shorter duration, and like HC is responsive to indomethacin. SUNCT/SUNA is the shortest duration and highest frequency TAC; attacks can occur over a hundred times every day. PMID:24888770

  1. Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias.

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    Eller, M; Goadsby, P J

    2016-01-01

    The trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TACs) are a group of primary headache disorders characterised by lateralized symptoms: prominent headache and ipsilateral cranial autonomic features, such as conjunctival injection, lacrimation and rhinorrhea. The TACs are: cluster headache (CH), paroxysmal hemicrania (PH), short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT)/short-lasting neuralgiform headache attacks with cranial autonomic features (SUNA) and hemicrania continua (HC). Their diagnostic criteria are outlined in the International Classification of Headache Disorders, third edition-beta (ICHD-IIIb). These conditions are distinguished by their attack duration and frequency, as well as response to treatment. HC is continuous and by definition responsive to indomethacin. The main differential when considering this headache is chronic migraine. Other TACs are remarkable for their short duration and must be distinguished from other short-lasting painful conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia and primary stabbing headache. Cluster headache is characterised by exquisitely painful attacks that occur in discrete episodes lasting 15-180 min a few times a day. In comparison, PH occurs more frequently and is of shorter duration, and like HC is responsive to indomethacin. SUNCT/SUNA is the shortest duration and highest frequency TAC; attacks can occur over a hundred times every day.

  2. Autonomía, heteronomía y vulnerabilidad en el proceso de parto

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    Goberna Tricas, Josefina

    2012-01-01

    Resumen: Objetivo principal: Indagar en los principios éticos de autonomía y vulnerabilidad en la atención al partoMetodología: Reflexión ético-filosófica.Resultados principales: El parto es un proceso en que las vivencias corporales deben objetivrse en el “Yo materno”. Una transición harmoniosa entre las fases “corporales” de las contracciones y las fases de objetivación de las sensaciones, que se produce en los periodos intercontráctiles permiten una vivencia en que la mujer mantiene el con...

  3. La autonomía personal y la perspectiva comunitarista

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    Álvarez, Silvina

    1999-11-01

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    El presente artículo analiza el planteamiento que algunos autores comunitaristas han hecho de la noción de autonomía personal. En primer lugar centraré la atención en la formulación kantiana de la autonomía y en las posteriores reformulaciones que se han hecho de la propuesta original. En la segunda parte expondré algunos aspectos generales de la teoría comunitarista para luego desarrollar la propuesta de Charles Taylor, específicamente la ética de la autenticidad. En el análisis se destacan los problemas que surgen de entender la autonomía desde la perspectiva de una ética comprehensiva que concibe al sujeto como continuador de una tradición moral colectiva.

  4. Jam avoidance with autonomous systems

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    Tordeux, Antoine; Lassarre, Sylvain

    2015-01-01

    Many car-following models are developed for jam avoidance in highways. Two mechanisms are used to improve the stability: feedback control with autonomous models and increasing of the interaction within cooperative ones. In this paper, we compare the linear autonomous and collective optimal velocity (OV) models. We observe that the stability is significantly increased by adding predecessors in interaction with collective models. Yet autonomous and collective approaches are close when the speed...

  5. Chemical Specification of Autonomic Systems

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    Banâtre, Jean-Pierre; Fradet, Pascal; Radenac, Yann

    2004-01-01

    Autonomic computing provides a vision of information systems allowing self-management of many predefined properties. Such systems take care of their own behavior and of their interactions with other components without any external intervention. One of the major challenges concerns the expression of properties and constraints of autonomic systems. We believe that the {\\em chemical programming paradigm} (represented here by the Gamma formalism) is well-suited to the specification of autonomic s...

  6. Jam avoidance with autonomous systems

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    Tordeux, Antoine

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    Many car-following models are developed for jam avoidance in highways. Two mechanisms are used to improve the stability: feedback control with autonomous models and increasing of the interaction within cooperative ones. In this paper, we compare the linear autonomous and collective optimal velocity (OV) models. We observe that the stability is significantly increased by adding predecessors in interaction with collective models. Yet autonomous and collective approaches are close when the speed difference term is taking into account. Within the linear OV models tested, the autonomous models including speed difference are sufficient to maximise the stability.

  7. Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — FUNCTION: Provides an environment for developing and evaluating intelligent software for both actual and simulated autonomous vehicles. Laboratory computers provide...

  8. Autonomous packaging robot

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    Vo, Van Thanh

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the autonomous packaging robot application is to replace manual product packaging in food industry with a fully automatic robot. The objective is achieved by using the combination of machine vision, central computer, sensors, microcontroller and a typical ABB robot. The method is to equip the robot with different sensors: camera as “eyes” of robot, distance sensor and microcontroller as “sense of touch” of the robot, central computer as “brain” of the robot. Because the ro...

  9. Experimental Autonomous Vehicle Systems

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    Ravn, Ole; Andersen, Nils Axel

    1998-01-01

    The paper describes the requirements for and a prototype configuration of a software architecture for control of an experimental autonomous vehicle. The test bed nature of the system is emphasised in the choice of architecture making re-configurability, data logging and extendability simple....... The central element of the architecture is the ‘global database’ that serves several purposes, such as storing system parameters, making signals available for data logging and inter-process communication. Standard software components are used to a large extent, OS-9 as real-time operating system, a custom...

  10. The Role of the State of the Autonomous Regions

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    Humlebæk, Carsten

    . The goal is to analyse the differences over time and across the ideological spectrum of the identification patterns and the preferences with regards to the territorial organisation of the Spanish state and the arguments used to legitimise these positions. The investigation shows that the current conflict...... parties act in Valencia and Catalonia, respectively. Despite the complex dynamics, the results suggest that the inauguration of the Estado de las Autonomíasdid not decrease the conflict potential around the territorial organisation of Spain....

  11. La autonomía universitaria: Realidades y desafíos de hoy

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    Jaime Martuscelli

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Mucho se ha escrito sobre la autonomía universitaria, no obstante resulta indispensable reflexionar permanentemente sobre esta conquista fundamental de las universidades, especialmente en tiempos que se ven impactadas por los profundos cambios que ocurren en el ámbito de la economía, de la política, de las comunicaciones, de la tecnología, de la ciencia y de los procesos productivos. Estos cambios configuran necesariamente nuevas demandas de la sociedad hacia la institución educativa, provocando que las relaciones entre ellas se vuelvan cada vez más complejas y aparezcan nuevos retos. Estas modificaciones implican a su vez un replanteamiento de la relación de la Universidad con el Estado. El presente trabajo trata de hacer un recorrido sobre el surgimiento y las circunstancias de subsistencia de la autonomía y de las nuevas condicionantes.

  12. Nemesis Autonomous Test System

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    Barltrop, Kevin J.; Lee, Cin-Young; Horvath, Gregory A,; Clement, Bradley J.

    2012-01-01

    A generalized framework has been developed for systems validation that can be applied to both traditional and autonomous systems. The framework consists of an automated test case generation and execution system called Nemesis that rapidly and thoroughly identifies flaws or vulnerabilities within a system. By applying genetic optimization and goal-seeking algorithms on the test equipment side, a "war game" is conducted between a system and its complementary nemesis. The end result of the war games is a collection of scenarios that reveals any undesirable behaviors of the system under test. The software provides a reusable framework to evolve test scenarios using genetic algorithms using an operation model of the system under test. It can automatically generate and execute test cases that reveal flaws in behaviorally complex systems. Genetic algorithms focus the exploration of tests on the set of test cases that most effectively reveals the flaws and vulnerabilities of the system under test. It leverages advances in state- and model-based engineering, which are essential in defining the behavior of autonomous systems. It also uses goal networks to describe test scenarios.

  13. Towards autonomous vehicular clouds

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    Stephan Olariu

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The dawn of the 21st century has seen a growing interest in vehicular networking and its myriad potential applications. The initial view of practitioners and researchers was that radio-equipped vehicles could keep the drivers informed about potential safety risks and increase their awareness of road conditions. The view then expanded to include access to the Internet and associated services. This position paper proposes and promotes a novel and more comprehensive vision namely, that advances in vehicular networks, embedded devices and cloud computing will enable the formation of autonomous clouds of vehicular computing, communication, sensing, power and physical resources. Hence, we coin the term, autonomous vehicular clouds (AVCs. A key feature distinguishing AVCs from conventional cloud computing is that mobile AVC resources can be pooled dynamically to serve authorized users and to enable autonomy in real-time service sharing and management on terrestrial, aerial, or aquatic pathways or theaters of operations. In addition to general-purpose AVCs, we also envision the emergence of specialized AVCs such as mobile analytics laboratories. Furthermore, we envision that the integration of AVCs with ubiquitous smart infrastructures including intelligent transportation systems, smart cities and smart electric power grids will have an enormous societal impact enabling ubiquitous utility cyber-physical services at the right place, right time and with right-sized resources.

  14. Learning for Autonomous Navigation

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    Angelova, Anelia; Howard, Andrew; Matthies, Larry; Tang, Benyang; Turmon, Michael; Mjolsness, Eric

    2005-01-01

    Robotic ground vehicles for outdoor applications have achieved some remarkable successes, notably in autonomous highway following (Dickmanns, 1987), planetary exploration (1), and off-road navigation on Earth (1). Nevertheless, major challenges remain to enable reliable, high-speed, autonomous navigation in a wide variety of complex, off-road terrain. 3-D perception of terrain geometry with imaging range sensors is the mainstay of off-road driving systems. However, the stopping distance at high speed exceeds the effective lookahead distance of existing range sensors. Prospects for extending the range of 3-D sensors is strongly limited by sensor physics, eye safety of lasers, and related issues. Range sensor limitations also allow vehicles to enter large cul-de-sacs even at low speed, leading to long detours. Moreover, sensing only terrain geometry fails to reveal mechanical properties of terrain that are critical to assessing its traversability, such as potential for slippage, sinkage, and the degree of compliance of potential obstacles. Rovers in the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission have got stuck in sand dunes and experienced significant downhill slippage in the vicinity of large rock hazards. Earth-based off-road robots today have very limited ability to discriminate traversable vegetation from non-traversable vegetation or rough ground. It is impossible today to preprogram a system with knowledge of these properties for all types of terrain and weather conditions that might be encountered.

  15. La peculiar vía valenciana a la autonomía

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    Eladi Mainar Cabanes

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available El artículo es un breve recorrido por el difícil camino a la autonomía del País Valenciano, ahora llamado Comunitat Valenciana, con todas sus vicisitudes y problemas, que alargaron, y en cierta manera diluyeron sus propuestas más interesantes, para integrarlo dentro de las autonomías y estatutos de la vía lenta, o las del artículo 143, en contraposición a las autonomías llamadas históricas, con el agravante de una batalla estéril en torno a los signos de identidad de los valencianos que marcaron y aun marcan el devenir político de esta región.

  16. La peculiar vía valenciana a la autonomía

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    Eladi Mainar Cabanes

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available El artículo es un breve recorrido por el difícil camino a la autonomía del País Valenciano, ahora llamado Comunitat Valenciana, con todas sus vicisitudes y problemas, que alargaron, y en cierta manera diluyeron sus propuestas más interesantes, para integrarlo dentro de las autonomías y estatutos de la vía lenta, o las del artículo 143, en contraposición a las autonomías llamadas históricas, con el agravante de una batalla estéril en torno a los signos de identidad de los valencianos que marcaron y aun marcan el devenir político de esta región. Palabras Clave: Autonomía, Estatuto, Constitución, Nacionalismo, Autogobierno, Consell______________________ABSTRACT:This article is a brief journey in the difficult road to the autonomy in the Valencian Country, now called Comunitat Valenciana, with all its problems, that lengthened, and in some way diluted its interesting proposals, to be integrated within the autonomous slow way regions, or article 143, as opposed to the autonomous historical regions, with the aggravation of a sterile battle around the signs of the Valencian identity that marked and still mark the political future of this region.Keywords: Autonomy Statute, Constitution, Nationalism, Self-government, Consell

  17. Expanded Perspectives on Autonomous Learners

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    Oxford, Rebecca L.

    2015-01-01

    This paper explores two general perspectives on autonomous learners: psychological and sociocultural. These perspectives introduce a range of theoretically grounded facets of autonomous learners, facets such as the self-regulated learner, the emotionally intelligent learner, the self-determined learner, the mediated learner, the socioculturally…

  18. Evolutionary Autonomous Health Monitoring System (EAHMS) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — For supporting NASA's Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems Roadmap, we are proposing the "Evolutionary Autonomous Health Monitoring System" (EAHMS) for...

  19. Autonomous component carrier selection

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    Garcia, Luis Guilherme Uzeda; Pedersen, Klaus; Mogensen, Preben

    2009-01-01

    in local areas, basing our study case on LTE-Advanced. We present extensive network simulation results to demonstrate that a simple and robust interference management scheme, called autonomous component carrier selection allows each cell to select the most attractive frequency configuration; improving......Low-power base stations such as e.g. Femto-cells are one of the candidates for high data rate provisioning in local areas, such as residences, apartment complexes, business offices and outdoor hotspot scenarios. Unfortunately, the benefits are not without new challenges in terms of interference...... management and efficient system operation. Due to the expected large number of user-deployed cells, centralized network planning becomes unpractical and new scalable alternatives must be sought. In this article, we propose a fully distributed and scalable solution to the interference management problem...

  20. Autonomous Gaussian Decomposition

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    Lindner, Robert R; Murray, Claire E; Stanimirović, Snežana; Babler, Brian L; Heiles, Carl; Hennebelle, Patrick; Goss, W M; Dickey, John

    2014-01-01

    We present a new algorithm, named Autonomous Gaussian Decomposition (AGD), for automatically decomposing spectra into Gaussian components. AGD uses derivative spectroscopy and machine learning to provide optimized guesses for the number of Gaussian components in the data, and also their locations, widths, and amplitudes. We test AGD and find that it produces results comparable to human-derived solutions on 21cm absorption spectra from the 21cm SPectral line Observations of Neutral Gas with the EVLA (21-SPONGE) survey. We use AGD with Monte Carlo methods to derive the HI line completeness as a function of peak optical depth and velocity width for the 21-SPONGE data, and also show that the results of AGD are stable against varying observational noise intensity. The autonomy and computational efficiency of the method over traditional manual Gaussian fits allow for truly unbiased comparisons between observations and simulations, and for the ability to scale up and interpret the very large data volumes from the up...

  1. Autonomous Flying Controls Testbed

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    Motter, Mark A.

    2005-01-01

    The Flying Controls Testbed (FLiC) is a relatively small and inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicle developed specifically to test highly experimental flight control approaches. The most recent version of the FLiC is configured with 16 independent aileron segments, supports the implementation of C-coded experimental controllers, and is capable of fully autonomous flight from takeoff roll to landing, including flight test maneuvers. The test vehicle is basically a modified Army target drone, AN/FQM-117B, developed as part of a collaboration between the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) at Fort Eustis,Virginia and NASA Langley Research Center. Several vehicles have been constructed and collectively have flown over 600 successful test flights.

  2. Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems

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    Jitendra R. Raol

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Mobile intelligent autonomous systems (MIAS is a fast emerging research area. Although it can be regarded as a general R&D area, it is mainly directed towards robotics. Several important subtopics within MIAS research are:(i perception and reasoning, (ii mobility and navigation,(iii haptics and teleoperation, (iv image fusion/computervision, (v modelling of manipulators, (vi hardware/software architectures for planning and behaviour learning leadingto robotic architecture, (vii vehicle-robot path and motionplanning/control, (viii human-machine interfaces for interaction between humans and robots, and (ix application of artificial neural networks (ANNs, fuzzy logic/systems (FLS,probabilistic/approximate reasoning (PAR, Bayesian networks(BN and genetic algorithms (GA to the above-mentioned problems. Also, multi-sensor data fusion (MSDF playsvery crucial role at many levels of the data fusion process:(i kinematic fusion (position/bearing tracking, (ii imagefusion (for scene recognition, (iii information fusion (forbuilding world models, and (iv decision fusion (for tracking,control actions. The MIAS as a technology is useful for automation of complex tasks, surveillance in a hazardousand hostile environment, human-assistance in very difficultmanual works, medical robotics, hospital systems, autodiagnosticsystems, and many other related civil and military systems. Also, other important research areas for MIAScomprise sensor/actuator modelling, failure management/reconfiguration, scene understanding, knowledge representation, learning and decision-making. Examples ofdynamic systems considered within the MIAS would be:autonomous systems (unmanned ground vehicles, unmannedaerial vehicles, micro/mini air vehicles, and autonomousunder water vehicles, mobile/fixed robotic systems, dexterousmanipulator robots, mining robots, surveillance systems,and networked/multi-robot systems, to name a few.Defence Science Journal, 2010, 60(1, pp.3-4,

  3. las telecomunicaciones

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    Veneta Andonova

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se estudian las interacciones entre tres tecnologías de comunicación, telefonía fija, móvil e Internet, modelizando los efectos de red y controlando por el impacto del ingreso per capita en el país y el nivel de precios de la tecnología, dos variables clave en el proceso de difusión de tecnologías de información. Los resultados de las estimaciones, usando una base de datos de 195 países, reflejan que (1 Internet y la telefonía móvil son totalmente complementarias; (2 la telefonía fija ayuda la difusión de la móvil mientras que la móvil canibaliza la fija; (3 la telefonía fija favorece la difusión de Internet mientras que el desarrollo de Internet no tiene ningún efecto significativo sobre la difusión de la telefonía fija. Estos resultados pueden ayudar en construir escenarios más sólidos y predecir el impacto de Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP en la industria de telecomunicaciones.

  4. Cybersecurity for aerospace autonomous systems

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    Straub, Jeremy

    2015-05-01

    High profile breaches have occurred across numerous information systems. One area where attacks are particularly problematic is autonomous control systems. This paper considers the aerospace information system, focusing on elements that interact with autonomous control systems (e.g., onboard UAVs). It discusses the trust placed in the autonomous systems and supporting systems (e.g., navigational aids) and how this trust can be validated. Approaches to remotely detect the UAV compromise, without relying on the onboard software (on a potentially compromised system) as part of the process are discussed. How different levels of autonomy (task-based, goal-based, mission-based) impact this remote characterization is considered.

  5. Diseño de un programa para favorecer el desarrollo de la autonomía personal en mujeres con discapacidad intelectual

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    Abeledo Viesca, María

    2013-01-01

    A partir de las necesidades detectadas en una vivienda tutelada del Principado de Asturias, se ha creado un Programa para favorecer el desarrollo de la autonomía personal en mujeres con discapacidad intelectual residentes en contexto social complicado.

  6. Autonomía y evaluación

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    José Dias

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available La educación superior no es un sistema coherente, ni mucho menos es una totalidad sin contradicciones. En las últimas décadas, las instituciones educativas han perdido en gran parte su sentido de “instituciones” y tienden a ser “organizaciones” subordinadas a los dictados del mercado. Eso debilita enormemente su carácter de mediación entre el individuo y la sociedad global, esto es, su capacidad de contribuir calificadamente para la constitución del sujeto social. Recuperar el papel de las instituciones de educación superior con respecto a la autonomía y a la emancipación humana, requieren una reflexión que cuestione los significados ético-políticos de la formación, que es la finalidad esencial de toda educación.

  7. Framework for Autonomous Optimization Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Phoenix Integration and MIT propose to create a novel autonomous optimization tool and application programming interface (API). The API will demonstrate the ability...

  8. Autonomic Function in Neurodegenerative Diseases

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    Sørensen, Gertrud Laura; Jennum, Poul Jørgen

    2013-01-01

    Neurodegenerative diseases are highly debilitating and often lead to severe morbidity and even death. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Braak staging study, the progressionof PD starts in the medulla oblongata......, which includes the cardiac centre and controls autonomic functions, and therefore autonomic dysfunction may be experienced early in the disease course. Sleep disturbances are also common non-motor complications of PD, and therefore PD patients undergo polysomnography at the Danish Center for Sleep...... Medicine to assess the sleep disturbances. The aim of this PhD dissertation was to: 1) Develop a method to investigate autonomic changes during sleep in neurodegenerative diseases, and apply this method on PD, iRBD and narcolepsy patients to evaluate the autonomic function in these diseases. 2) Validate...

  9. AUTONOMOUS GAUSSIAN DECOMPOSITION

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    Lindner, Robert R.; Vera-Ciro, Carlos; Murray, Claire E.; Stanimirović, Snežana; Babler, Brian [Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin, 475 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Heiles, Carl [Radio Astronomy Lab, UC Berkeley, 601 Campbell Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Hennebelle, Patrick [Laboratoire AIM, Paris-Saclay, CEA/IRFU/SAp-CNRS-Université Paris Diderot, F-91191 Gif-sur Yvette Cedex (France); Goss, W. M. [National Radio Astronomy Observatory, P.O. Box O, 1003 Lopezville, Socorro, NM 87801 (United States); Dickey, John, E-mail: rlindner@astro.wisc.edu [University of Tasmania, School of Maths and Physics, Private Bag 37, Hobart, TAS 7001 (Australia)

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    We present a new algorithm, named Autonomous Gaussian Decomposition (AGD), for automatically decomposing spectra into Gaussian components. AGD uses derivative spectroscopy and machine learning to provide optimized guesses for the number of Gaussian components in the data, and also their locations, widths, and amplitudes. We test AGD and find that it produces results comparable to human-derived solutions on 21 cm absorption spectra from the 21 cm SPectral line Observations of Neutral Gas with the EVLA (21-SPONGE) survey. We use AGD with Monte Carlo methods to derive the H i line completeness as a function of peak optical depth and velocity width for the 21-SPONGE data, and also show that the results of AGD are stable against varying observational noise intensity. The autonomy and computational efficiency of the method over traditional manual Gaussian fits allow for truly unbiased comparisons between observations and simulations, and for the ability to scale up and interpret the very large data volumes from the upcoming Square Kilometer Array and pathfinder telescopes.

  10. Autonomous Mission Operations Roadmap

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    Frank, Jeremy David

    2014-01-01

    As light time delays increase, the number of such situations in which crew autonomy is the best way to conduct the mission is expected to increase. However, there are significant open questions regarding which functions to allocate to ground and crew as the time delays increase. In situations where the ideal solution is to allocate responsibility to the crew and the vehicle, a second question arises: should the activity be the responsibility of the crew or an automated vehicle function? More specifically, we must answer the following questions: What aspects of mission operation responsibilities (Plan, Train, Fly) should be allocated to ground based or vehicle based planning, monitoring, and control in the presence of significant light-time delay between the vehicle and the Earth?How should the allocated ground based planning, monitoring, and control be distributed across the flight control team and ground system automation? How should the allocated vehicle based planning, monitoring, and control be distributed between the flight crew and onboard system automation?When during the mission should responsibility shift from flight control team to crew or from crew to vehicle, and what should the process of shifting responsibility be as the mission progresses? NASA is developing a roadmap of capabilities for Autonomous Mission Operations for human spaceflight. This presentation will describe the current state of development of this roadmap, with specific attention to in-space inspection tasks that crews might perform with minimum assistance from the ground.

  11. Build Autonomic Agents with ABLE

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    吴吉义

    2007-01-01

    The IBM Agent Building and Learning Environment(ABLE) provides a lightweight Java~(TM) agent frame- work,a comprehensive JavaBeansTM library of intelligent software components,a set of development and test tools, and an agent platform.After the introduction to ABLE,classes and interfaces in the ABLE agent framework were put forward.At last an autonomic agent that is an ABLE-based architecture for incrementally building autonomic systems was discussed.

  12. Las competencias sobre cooperativas y econom??a social

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    P??rez-Villalobos, M. Concepci??n

    2007-01-01

    El cap??tulo desarrolla la competencia sobre cooperativas y econom??a social de las Comunidades Aut??nomas espa??olas. El t??rmino "econom??a social" es nuevo en los Estatutos de autonom??a, aunque la constituci??n espa??ola apost?? fuerte por ??l como instituci??n que coopera al desarrollo del Estado social

  13. Integrated Motion Planning and Autonomous Control Technology for Autonomous ISR Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — SSCI and MIT propose to design, implement and test a comprehensive Integrated Mission Planning & Autonomous Control Technology (IMPACT) for Autonomous ISR...

  14. Autonomous Landing on Moving Platforms

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    2016-08-01

    This thesis investigates autonomous landing of a micro air vehicle (MAV) on a nonstationary ground platform. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and micro air vehicles (MAVs) are becoming every day more ubiquitous. Nonetheless, many applications still require specialized human pilots or supervisors. Current research is focusing on augmenting the scope of tasks that these vehicles are able to accomplish autonomously. Precise autonomous landing on moving platforms is essential for self-deployment and recovery of MAVs, but it remains a challenging task for both autonomous and piloted vehicles. Model Predictive Control (MPC) is a widely used and effective scheme to control constrained systems. One of its variants, output-feedback tube-based MPC, ensures robust stability for systems with bounded disturbances under system state reconstruction. This thesis proposes a MAV control strategy based on this variant of MPC to perform rapid and precise autonomous landing on moving targets whose nominal (uncommitted) trajectory and velocity are slowly varying. The proposed approach is demonstrated on an experimental setup.

  15. Civilidad en las relaciones laborales

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    Álvaro Enrique Figueroa Bolaño

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available ResumenA pesar que actualmente no resultan pocas las institucionesque por fuera del ámbito propio del DerechoLaboral vienen siendo aplicadas a las Relaciones Laboralesen Colombia, más que la ley y sí mucho la doctrina yla jurisprudencia no solamente nacional sino extranjera,han venido revaluando el concepto tradicional de Empresa,sacándolo de concepciones eminentemente comercialistasy economicistas para concebir que en la actividadempresarial moderna, en especial, en los asuntos laborales,debe primar el lado humano del trabajo, dicho enotras palabras, una Civilidad en las Relaciones Laborales.El artículo busca contribuir en el rescate o adaptaciónde la legislación laboral frente a las nuevas formas decontratación que eventualmente pueden ser utilizadas endetrimento del Derecho Laboral y de la Seguridad Socialcolombianos.Palabras clave: Relaciones laborales, Trabajo realidad,Autónomo, Independiente, Unidad de explotacióneconómica. AbstractAlthough not currently few institutions are outsidethe proper scope of labor law are being applied to the LabourRelations in Colombia, more than the law and a lotof doctrine and not only domestic but foreign jurisprudence,have been reassessing the traditional concept ofEnterprise, removing eminently commercialist and economisticconceptions conceiving that in modern business,especially in labor matters, should prioritize the humanside of the work, in other words, a Civility in Labor Relations.The article seeks to contribute to the rescue or adaptationof labor law against new forms of procurementthat can eventually be used to the detriment of the LaborLaw and Social Security Colombians.Keywords: Industrial relations, Actually work, Autonomous,Independent, Economic exploitation unit.

  16. Autonomous mobile robots: Vehicles with cognitive control

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    Meystel, A.

    1987-01-01

    This book explores a new rapidly developing area of robotics. It describes the state-of-the-art intelligence control, applied machine intelligence, and research and initial stages of manufacturing of autonomous mobile robots. A complete account of the theoretical and experimental results obtained during the last two decades together with some generalizations on Autonomous Mobile Systems are included in this book. Contents: Introduction; Requirements and Specifications; State-of-the-art in Autonomous Mobile Robots Area; Structure of Intelligent Mobile Autonomous System; Planner, Navigator; Pilot; Cartographer; Actuation Control; Computer Simulation of Autonomous Operation; Testing the Autonomous Mobile Robot; Conclusions; Bibliography.

  17. El porvenir de la ética: La autonomía moral, un valor imprescindible para nuestro tiempo

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    Angelo Papacchini

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Para el autor, la Modernidad ha dejado un sistema coherente de valores -dignidad, autonomía, solidaridad- que es necesario promover y desarrollar. En este ensayo, se pretende esbozar un balance crítico de la autonomía moral, respondiendo a las objeciones y criticas de quienes ven en ella un espejismo peligroso , una amenaza para la libertad o para los valores comunitarios.

  18. Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM)

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    Hvilshøj, Mads; Bøgh, Simon; Nielsen, Oluf Skov;

    2012-01-01

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the interdisciplinary research field Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM), with an emphasis on physical implementations and applications. Design/methodology/approach - Following an introduction to AIMM, this paper investiga......Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the interdisciplinary research field Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM), with an emphasis on physical implementations and applications. Design/methodology/approach - Following an introduction to AIMM, this paper......; sustainability, configuration, adaptation, autonomy, positioning, manipulation and grasping, robot-robot interaction, human-robot interaction, process quality, dependability, and physical properties. Findings - The concise yet comprehensive review provides both researchers (academia) and practitioners (industry......) with a quick and gentle overview of AIMM. Furthermore, the paper identifies key open issues and promising research directions to realize real-world integration and maturation of the AIMM technology. Originality/value - This paper reviews the interdisciplinary research field Autonomous Industrial Mobile...

  19. Autonomous underwater riser inspection tool

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    Camerini, Claudio; Marnet, Robson [Petrobras SA, (Brazil); Freitas, Miguel; Von der Weid, Jean Pierre [CPTI/PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, (Brazil); Artigas Lander, Ricardo [EngeMOVI, Curitiba, (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    The detection of damage on the riser is a serious concern for pipeline companies. Visual examinations by remotely operated vehicle (ROV) are presently carried out to detect the defects but this process has limitations and is expensive. This paper presents the development of a new tool to ensure autonomous underwater riser inspection (AURI) that uses the riser itself for guidance. The AURI, which is autonomous in terms of control and power supply, is equipped with several cameras that perform a complete visual inspection of the riser with 100 % coverage of the external surface of the riser. The paper presents the detailed characteristics of the first AURI prototype, describes its launching procedure and provides the preliminary test results from pool testing. The results showed that the AURI is a viable system for autonomous riser inspection. Offshore tests on riser pipelines are scheduled to be performed shortly.

  20. Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies.

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    Auer-Grumbach, Michaela

    2013-01-01

    Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies (HSN/HSAN) are clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders of the peripheral nervous system that predominantly affect the sensory and autonomic neurons. Hallmark features comprise not only prominent sensory signs and symptoms and ulcerative mutilations but also variable autonomic and motor disturbances. Autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive inheritance has been reported. Molecular genetics studies have identified disease-causing mutations in 11 genes. Some of the affected proteins have nerve-specific roles but underlying mechanisms have also been shown to involve sphingolipid metabolism, vesicular transport, structural integrity, and transcription regulation. Genetic and functional studies have substantially improved the understanding of the pathogenesis of the HSN/HSAN and will help to find preventive and causative therapies in the future.

  1. Progress towards autonomous, intelligent systems

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    Lum, Henry; Heer, Ewald

    1987-01-01

    An aggressive program has been initiated to develop, integrate, and implement autonomous systems technologies starting with today's expert systems and evolving to autonomous, intelligent systems by the end of the 1990s. This program includes core technology developments and demonstration projects for technology evaluation and validation. This paper discusses key operational frameworks in the content of systems autonomy applications and then identifies major technological challenges, primarily in artificial intelligence areas. Program content and progress made towards critical technologies and demonstrations that have been initiated to achieve the required future capabilities in the year 2000 era are discussed.

  2. Discerning non-autonomous dynamics

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    Structure and function go hand in hand. However, while a complex structure can be relatively safely broken down into the minutest parts, and technology is now delving into nanoscales, the function of complex systems requires a completely different approach. Here the complexity clearly arises from nonlinear interactions, which prevents us from obtaining a realistic description of a system by dissecting it into its structural component parts. At best, the result of such investigations does not substantially add to our understanding or at worst it can even be misleading. Not surprisingly, the dynamics of complex systems, facilitated by increasing computational efficiency, is now readily tackled in the case of measured time series. Moreover, time series can now be collected in practically every branch of science and in any structural scale—from protein dynamics in a living cell to data collected in astrophysics or even via social networks. In searching for deterministic patterns in such data we are limited by the fact that no complex system in the real world is autonomous. Hence, as an alternative to the stochastic approach that is predominantly applied to data from inherently non-autonomous complex systems, theory and methods specifically tailored to non-autonomous systems are needed. Indeed, in the last decade we have faced a huge advance in mathematical methods, including the introduction of pullback attractors, as well as time series methods that cope with the most important characteristic of non-autonomous systems—their time-dependent behaviour. Here we review current methods for the analysis of non-autonomous dynamics including those for extracting properties of interactions and the direction of couplings. We illustrate each method by applying it to three sets of systems typical for chaotic, stochastic and non-autonomous behaviour. For the chaotic class we select the Lorenz system, for the stochastic the noise-forced Duffing system and for the non-autonomous

  3. Intelligent, autonomous systems in space

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    Lum, H.; Heer, E.

    1988-01-01

    The Space Station is expected to be equipped with intelligent, autonomous capabilities; to achieve and incorporate these capabilities, the required technologies need to be identitifed, developed and validated within realistic application scenarios. The critical technologies for the development of intelligent, autonomous systems are discussed in the context of a generalized functional architecture. The present state of this technology implies that it be introduced and applied in an evolutionary process which must start during the Space Station design phase. An approach is proposed to accomplish design information acquisition and management for knowledge-base development.

  4. Contingency Software in Autonomous Systems

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    Lutz, Robyn; Patterson-Hine, Ann

    2006-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation reviews the development of contingency software for autonomous systems. Autonomous vehicles currently have a limited capacity to diagnose and mitigate failures. There is a need to be able to handle a broader range of contingencies. The goals of the project are: 1. Speed up diagnosis and mitigation of anomalous situations.2.Automatically handle contingencies, not just failures.3.Enable projects to select a degree of autonomy consistent with their needs and to incrementally introduce more autonomy.4.Augment on-board fault protection with verified contingency scripts

  5. Discerning non-autonomous dynamics

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    Clemson, Philip T.; Stefanovska, Aneta, E-mail: aneta@lancaster.ac.uk

    2014-09-30

    Structure and function go hand in hand. However, while a complex structure can be relatively safely broken down into the minutest parts, and technology is now delving into nanoscales, the function of complex systems requires a completely different approach. Here the complexity clearly arises from nonlinear interactions, which prevents us from obtaining a realistic description of a system by dissecting it into its structural component parts. At best, the result of such investigations does not substantially add to our understanding or at worst it can even be misleading. Not surprisingly, the dynamics of complex systems, facilitated by increasing computational efficiency, is now readily tackled in the case of measured time series. Moreover, time series can now be collected in practically every branch of science and in any structural scale—from protein dynamics in a living cell to data collected in astrophysics or even via social networks. In searching for deterministic patterns in such data we are limited by the fact that no complex system in the real world is autonomous. Hence, as an alternative to the stochastic approach that is predominantly applied to data from inherently non-autonomous complex systems, theory and methods specifically tailored to non-autonomous systems are needed. Indeed, in the last decade we have faced a huge advance in mathematical methods, including the introduction of pullback attractors, as well as time series methods that cope with the most important characteristic of non-autonomous systems—their time-dependent behaviour. Here we review current methods for the analysis of non-autonomous dynamics including those for extracting properties of interactions and the direction of couplings. We illustrate each method by applying it to three sets of systems typical for chaotic, stochastic and non-autonomous behaviour. For the chaotic class we select the Lorenz system, for the stochastic the noise-forced Duffing system and for the non-autonomous

  6. Gas House Autonomous System Monitoring

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    Miller, Luke; Edsall, Ashley

    2015-01-01

    Gas House Autonomous System Monitoring (GHASM) will employ Integrated System Health Monitoring (ISHM) of cryogenic fluids in the High Pressure Gas Facility at Stennis Space Center. The preliminary focus of development incorporates the passive monitoring and eventual commanding of the Nitrogen System. ISHM offers generic system awareness, adept at using concepts rather than specific error cases. As an enabler for autonomy, ISHM provides capabilities inclusive of anomaly detection, diagnosis, and abnormality prediction. Advancing ISHM and Autonomous Operation functional capabilities enhances quality of data, optimizes safety, improves cost effectiveness, and has direct benefits to a wide spectrum of aerospace applications.

  7. Pedagogía crítica como medio para desarrollar la autonomía moral

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    Juan Pablo Escobar Galo

    2016-01-01

    El objetivo principal de este ensayo es exponer los estudios y las propuestas contemporáneas sobre el surgimiento de la conciencia moral y el ejercicio de la autonomía moral, así como analizar si los planteamientos pedagógicos de Paulo Freire favorecen o no el ejercicio de la libertad y la configuración de la autonomía moral. Para comprender el desarrollo de la autonomía moral es necesario exponer los principios del nacimiento de la conciencia moral de Jean Piaget, los procesos de desarrollo ...

  8. A Robust Compositional Architecture for Autonomous Systems

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    Brat, Guillaume; Deney, Ewen; Farrell, Kimberley; Giannakopoulos, Dimitra; Jonsson, Ari; Frank, Jeremy; Bobby, Mark; Carpenter, Todd; Estlin, Tara

    2006-01-01

    Space exploration applications can benefit greatly from autonomous systems. Great distances, limited communications and high costs make direct operations impossible while mandating operations reliability and efficiency beyond what traditional commanding can provide. Autonomous systems can improve reliability and enhance spacecraft capability significantly. However, there is reluctance to utilizing autonomous systems. In part this is due to general hesitation about new technologies, but a more tangible concern is that of reliability of predictability of autonomous software. In this paper, we describe ongoing work aimed at increasing robustness and predictability of autonomous software, with the ultimate goal of building trust in such systems. The work combines state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities in autonomous systems with advanced validation and synthesis techniques. The focus of this paper is on the autonomous system architecture that has been defined, and on how it enables the application of validation techniques for resulting autonomous systems.

  9. The autonomic phenotype of rumination.

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    Ottaviani, Cristina; Shapiro, David; Davydov, Dmitry M; Goldstein, Iris B; Mills, Paul J

    2009-06-01

    Recent studies suggest that ruminative thoughts may be mediators of the prolonged physiological effects of stress. We hypothesized that autonomic dysregulation plays a role in the relation between rumination and health. Rumination was induced by an anger-recall task in 45 healthy subjects. Heart rate variability (HRV), baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), and baroreflex effectiveness index (BEI) change scores were evaluated to obtain the autonomic phenotype of rumination. Personality traits and endothelial activation were examined for their relation to autonomic responses during rumination. Degree of endothelial activation was assessed by circulating soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1). Vagal withdrawal during rumination was greater for women than men. Larger decreases in the high frequency component of HRV were associated with higher levels of anger-in, depression, and sICAM-1 levels. BRS reactivity was negatively related to trait anxiety. BEI reactivity was positively related to anger-in, hostility, anxiety, and depression. Lower BEI and BRS recovery were associated with lower social desirability and higher anger-out, anxiety, and depression. Findings suggest that the autonomic dysregulation that characterizes rumination plays a role in the relationships between personality and cardiovascular health. PMID:19272312

  10. Hazard Map for Autonomous Navigation

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    Riis, Troels

    This dissertation describes the work performed in the area of using image analysis in the process of landing a spacecraft autonomously and safely on the surface of the Moon. This is suggested to be done using a Hazard Map. The correspondence problem between several Hazard Maps are investigated...

  11. Computing architecture for autonomous microgrids

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    Goldsmith, Steven Y.

    2015-09-29

    A computing architecture that facilitates autonomously controlling operations of a microgrid is described herein. A microgrid network includes numerous computing devices that execute intelligent agents, each of which is assigned to a particular entity (load, source, storage device, or switch) in the microgrid. The intelligent agents can execute in accordance with predefined protocols to collectively perform computations that facilitate uninterrupted control of the .

  12. The Bering Autonomous Target Detection

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    Jørgensen, John Leif; Denver, Troelz; Betto, Maurizio;

    2003-01-01

    autonomous star tracker the Advanced Stellar Compass (ASC). One feature of this instrument is that potential targets are registered directly in terms of date, right ascension, declination, and intensity, which greatly facilitates both tracking search and registering. Results from ground and inflight tests...... are encouraging, both with respect to robustness, speed and accuracy, and demonstrates the span and range of applications of this technology....

  13. Autonomous navigation for artificial satellites

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    Desai, P. S.

    1975-01-01

    An autonomous navigation system is considered that provides a satellite with sufficient numbers and types of sensors, as well as computational hardware and software, to enable it to track itself. Considered are attitude type sensors, meteorological cameras and scanners, one way Doppler, and image correlator.

  14. Autonomous Duffing-Holmes Type Chaotic Oscillator

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    Tamaševičius, A.; Bumelienė, S.; Kirvaitis, R.;

    2009-01-01

    We have designed and built a novel Duffing type autonomous 3rd-order chaotic oscillator. In comparison with the common non-autonomous DuffingHolmes type oscillator the autonomous circuit has an internal positive feedback loop instead of an external periodic drive source. In addition...

  15. Indoor Autonomous Airship Control and Navigation System

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    Fedorenko Roman; Krukhmalev Victor

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents an automatic control system for autonomous airship. The system is designed to organize autonomous flight of the mini-airship performing flight mission defined from ground control station. Structure, hardware and software implementation of indoor autonomous airship and its navigation and control system as well as experiment results are described.

  16. Indoor Autonomous Airship Control and Navigation System

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    Fedorenko Roman

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents an automatic control system for autonomous airship. The system is designed to organize autonomous flight of the mini-airship performing flight mission defined from ground control station. Structure, hardware and software implementation of indoor autonomous airship and its navigation and control system as well as experiment results are described.

  17. Algunas consideraciones sobre las transformaciones actuales de las finanzas locales en Francia

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    Marcela Astudillo-Moya

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available En el análisis de las transformaciones actuales de las finanzas locales en Francia, realizado en este artículo, destaca la importancia de la administración pública local. Con base en el método hipotético-deductivo se concluye que uno de los desafíos a los que debe hacer frente el futuro de la hacienda local en Francia es el de garantizar un crecimiento estable en un territorio cohesionado, para lo que se requiere de una distribución de fuentes impositivas coordinada con la administración pública central, de tal manera que las colectividades locales cuenten con autonomía de decisión.

  18. La eticidad de las TIC. Las competencias transversales y sus paradojas

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    Marta BURGUET

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Los sistemas educativos en la era de las nuevas tecnologías conllevan una revolución en los procesos de aprendizaje tradicionales. Para una buena implementación de estos cambios, el profesorado debe formarse en ‘nuevas’ competencias de carácter ético, que confieren sentido a las competencias digitales, una formación que conlleva una nueva forma de entender la pedagogía: donde los estudiantes adquieren protagonismo y autonomía para obtener, por ellos mismos, respuestas a los interrogantes. Una implementación transversal, en las aulas, de ambas tipologías de competencias nos desvela ciertas paradojas que la educación actual debe asumir como retos de presente y futuro.

  19. La proyección internacional de las Comunidades Autónomas en la Ley de la Acción y del Servicio Exterior del Estado (LAESE: Autonomía territorial y unidad de acción de la política exterior

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    Rafael García Pérez

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available En marzo de 2014 ha entrado en vigor la Ley de la Acción y del Servicio Exterior del Estado (LAESE. Se trata de una iniciativa legislativa dirigida a modernizar y coordinar la política exterior de España que ha sido promovida por el actual gobierno del Partido Popular y que ha sido aprobada con el único respaldo de su grupo parlamentario que cuenta con mayoría absoluta en las Cortes. El principal objetivo perseguido por la ley, garantizar el principio de unidad de acción del Estado, ha situado a las Comunidades Autónomas en el centro del debate político. La mayor parte de las críticas efectuadas por los grupos de oposición se han centrado en este aspecto destacando su carácter “recentralizador”. Cabe discutir, por tanto, si la ley recorta las competencias autonómicas en materia exterior. El presente artículo analiza el tratamiento que reciben las Comunidades Autónomas en el texto de la ley y llega a la conclusión de que no recorta competencias autonómicas, aunque identifica diversas carencias que hacen dudar de la efectividad que puede alcanzar la nueva norma

  20. Autonomic computing enabled cooperative networked design

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    Wodczak, Michal

    2014-01-01

    This book introduces the concept of autonomic computing driven cooperative networked system design from an architectural perspective. As such it leverages and capitalises on the relevant advancements in both the realms of autonomic computing and networking by welding them closely together. In particular, a multi-faceted Autonomic Cooperative System Architectural Model is defined which incorporates the notion of Autonomic Cooperative Behaviour being orchestrated by the Autonomic Cooperative Networking Protocol of a cross-layer nature. The overall proposed solution not only advocates for the inc

  1. Autonomous Cryogenics Loading Operations Simulation Software: Knowledgebase Autonomous Test Engineer

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    Wehner, Walter S., Jr.

    2013-01-01

    Working on the ACLO (Autonomous Cryogenics Loading Operations) project I have had the opportunity to add functionality to the physics simulation software known as KATE (Knowledgebase Autonomous Test Engineer), create a new application allowing WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) creation of KATE schematic files and begin a preliminary design and implementation of a new subsystem that will provide vision services on the IHM (Integrated Health Management) bus. The functionality I added to KATE over the past few months includes a dynamic visual representation of the fluid height in a pipe based on number of gallons of fluid in the pipe and implementing the IHM bus connection within KATE. I also fixed a broken feature in the system called the Browser Display, implemented many bug fixes and made changes to the GUI (Graphical User Interface).

  2. Morphologic Changes in Autonomic Nerves in Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy

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    Heung Yong Jin

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Diabetic neuropathy is one of the major complications of diabetes, and it increases morbidity and mortality in patients with both type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM. Because the autonomic nervous system, for example, parasympathetic axons, has a diffuse and wide distribution, we do not know the morphological changes that occur in autonomic neural control and their exact mechanisms in diabetic patients with diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN. Although the prevalence of sympathetic and parasympathetic neuropathy is similar in T1DM versus T2DM patients, sympathetic nerve function correlates with parasympathetic neuropathy only in T1DM patients. The explanation for these discrepancies might be that parasympathetic nerve function was more severely affected among T2DM patients. As parasympathetic nerve damage seems to be more advanced than sympathetic nerve damage, it might be that parasympathetic neuropathy precedes sympathetic neuropathy in T2DM, which was Ewing's concept. This could be explained by the intrinsic morphologic difference. Therefore, the morphological changes in the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves of involved organs in T1DM and T2DM patients who have DAN should be evaluated. In this review, evaluation methods for morphological changes in the epidermal nerves of skin, and the intrinsic nerves of the stomach will be discussed.

  3. Cardiac autonomic nerve distribution and arrhythmia

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    Quan Liu; Dongmei Chen; Yonggang Wang; Xin Zhao; Yang Zheng

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To analyze the distribution characteristics of cardiac autonomic nerves and to explore the correlation between cardiac autonomic nerve distribution and arrhythmia.DATA RETRIEVAL: A computer-based retrieval was performed for papers examining the distribution of cardiac autonomic nerves, using "heart, autonomic nerve, sympathetic nerve, vagus nerve, nerve distribution, rhythm and atrial fibrillation" as the key words.SELECTION CRITERIA: A total of 165 studies examining the distribution of cardiac autonomic nerve were screened, and 46 of them were eventually included.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The distribution and characteristics of cardiac autonomic nerves were observed, and immunohistochemical staining was applied to determine the levels of tyrosine hydroxylase and acetylcholine transferase (main markers of cardiac autonomic nerve distribution). In addition, the correlation between cardiac autonomic nerve distribution and cardiac arrhythmia was investigated.RESULTS: Cardiac autonomic nerves were reported to exhibit a disordered distribution in different sites, mainly at the surface of the cardiac atrium and pulmonary vein, forming a ganglia plexus. The distribution of the pulmonary vein autonomic nerve was prominent at the proximal end rather than the distal end, at the upper left rather than the lower right, at the epicardial membrane rather than the endocardial membrane, at the left atrium rather than the right atrium, and at the posterior wall rather than the anterior wall. The main markers used for cardiac autonomic nerves were tyrosine hydroxylase and acetylcholine transferase. Protein gene product 9.5 was used to label the immunoreactive nerve distribution, and the distribution density of autonomic nerves was determined using a computer-aided morphometric analysis system.CONCLUSION: The uneven distribution of the cardiac autonomic nerves is the leading cause of the occurrence of arrhythmia, and the cardiac autonomic nerves play an important role in the

  4. An Autonomously Reciprocating Transmembrane Nanoactuator.

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    Watson, Matthew A; Cockroft, Scott L

    2016-01-22

    Biological molecular machines operate far from equilibrium by coupling chemical potential to repeated cycles of dissipative nanomechanical motion. This principle has been exploited in supramolecular systems that exhibit true machine behavior in solution and on surfaces. However, designed membrane-spanning assemblies developed to date have been limited to simple switches or stochastic shuttles, and true machine behavior has remained elusive. Herein, we present a transmembrane nanoactuator that turns over chemical fuel to drive autonomous reciprocating (back-and-forth) nanomechanical motion. Ratcheted reciprocating motion of a DNA/PEG copolymer threaded through a single α-hemolysin pore was induced by a combination of DNA strand displacement processes and enzyme-catalyzed reactions. Ion-current recordings revealed saw-tooth patterns, indicating that the assemblies operated in autonomous, asymmetric cycles of conformational change at rates of up to one cycle per minute. PMID:26661295

  5. Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy in diabetes

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    Spallone, Vincenza; Ziegler, Dan; Freeman, Roy;

    2011-01-01

    Cardiovascular Autonomic Neuropathy (CAN) Subcommittee of Toronto Consensus Panel on Diabetic Neuropathy worked to update CAN guidelines, with regard to epidemiology, clinical impact, diagnosis, usefulness of CAN testing, and management. CAN is the impairment of cardiovascular autonomic control...... in the setting of diabetes after exclusion of other causes. The prevalence of confirmed CAN is around 20%, and increases up to 65% with age and diabetes duration. Established risk factors for CAN are glycaemic control in type 1 and a combination of hypertension, dyslipidemia, obesity and glycaemic control...... in type 2 diabetes. CAN is a risk marker of mortality and cardiovascular morbidity, and possibly a progression promoter of diabetic nephropathy. Criteria for CAN diagnosis and staging are: 1. one abnormal cardio-vagal test identifies possible or early CAN; 2. at least two abnormal cardio-vagal tests...

  6. Treatment of gastrointestinal autonomic neuropathy.

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    Törnblom, Hans

    2016-03-01

    The symptoms caused by gastrointestinal autonomic neuropathy in diabetes mellitus is important to highlight since it affects a large proportion of people with diabetes, regardless of whether this is type 1 or type 2. Gastroparesis and general signs of bowel dysfunction, such as constipation, diarrhoea and abdominal pain are most often encountered and involve both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options. This mini-review summarises a presentation given at the 'Diagnosis and treatment of autonomic diabetic neuropathy in the gut' symposium at the 2015 annual meeting of the EASD. It is accompanied by another mini-review on a topic from this symposium (by Azpiroz and Malagelada, DOI: 10.1007/s00125-015-3831-1 ) and a commentary by the Session Chair, Péter Kempler (DOI: 10.1007/s00125-015-3826-y ). PMID:26634570

  7. Insurance for autonomous underwater vehicles

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    Griffiths, G; N Bose; Ferguson, J.; Blidberg, D.R.

    2007-01-01

    The background and practice of insurance for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are examined. Key topics include: relationships between clients, brokers and underwriters; contract wording to provide appropriate coverage; and actions to take when an incident occurs. Factors that affect cost of insurance are discussed, including level of autonomy, team experience and operating environment. Four case studies from industry and academia illustrate how AUV insurance has worked in practice. The p...

  8. Prototype design for autonomous vehicle

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    Lehander, Jacob; Persson, Joel

    2015-01-01

    This thesis describes the mechanical design of a prototype vehicle developed for a company located in California. The project was based on an earlier vehicle located at KTH, Transport Labs, and investigated if the existing concept for the vehicle would work as a concept for an autonomous prototype, with focus on component layout and increased forces. The design of the vehicle is based on a concept with a carbon fiber bottom plate, two separate suspension modules with electric hub motors and s...

  9. [Autonomic nervous system in diabetes].

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    Emdin, M

    2001-08-01

    Hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia have a primary role in determining the early functional and later anatomic changes at the level of the autonomic pathways controlling the circulation, and besides in directly influencing cardiac and vascular cellular targets and feed-back baroreceptor system sensitivity to neurohumoral modulation in patients with diabetes mellitus. The basic mechanisms of dysfunction and damage, and the clinical and prognostic value of diabetic cardiovascular dysautonomia are discussed together with the diagnostic apparatus and the possible therapeutic approaches.

  10. Design of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

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    Tadahiro Hyakudome

    2011-01-01

    There are concerns about the impact that global warming will have on our environment, and which will inevitably result in expanding deserts and rising water levels. While a lot of underwater vehicles are utilized, AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) were considered and chosen, as the most suitable tool for conduction survey concerning these global environmental problems. AUVs can comprehensive survey because the vehicle does not have to be connected to the support vessel by tether cable. Whe...

  11. Semi autonomous mine detection system

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    Douglas Few; Roelof Versteeg; Herman Herman

    2010-04-01

    CMMAD is a risk reduction effort for the AMDS program. As part of CMMAD, multiple instances of semi autonomous robotic mine detection systems were created. Each instance consists of a robotic vehicle equipped with sensors required for navigation and marking, a countermine sensors and a number of integrated software packages which provide for real time processing of the countermine sensor data as well as integrated control of the robotic vehicle, the sensor actuator and the sensor. These systems were used to investigate critical interest functions (CIF) related to countermine robotic systems. To address the autonomy CIF, the INL developed RIK was extended to allow for interaction with a mine sensor processing code (MSPC). In limited field testing this system performed well in detecting, marking and avoiding both AT and AP mines. Based on the results of the CMMAD investigation we conclude that autonomous robotic mine detection is feasible. In addition, CMMAD contributed critical technical advances with regard to sensing, data processing and sensor manipulation, which will advance the performance of future fieldable systems. As a result, no substantial technical barriers exist which preclude – from an autonomous robotic perspective – the rapid development and deployment of fieldable systems.

  12. Autonomic neuropathy in diabetes mellitus

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    Alberto eVerrotti

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN is a serious and common complication of diabetes, often overlooked and misdiagnosed. It is a systemic-wide disorder that may be asymptomatic in the early stages. The most studied and clinically important form of DAN is cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN defined as the impairment of autonomic control of the cardiovascular system in patients with diabetes after exclusion of other causes. The reported prevalence of DAN varies widely depending on inconsistent definition, different diagnostic method, different patient cohorts studied. The pathogenesis is still unclear and probably multifactorial. Once DAN becomes clinically evident, no form of therapy has been identified which can effectively stop or reverse it. Prevention strategies are based on strict glycemic control with intensive insulin treatment, multifactorial intervention and lifestyle modification including control of hypertension, dyslipidemia, stop smoking, weight loss and adequate physical exercise. The present review summarizes the latest knowledge regarding clinical presentation, epidemiology, pathogenesis and management of DAN, with some mention to childhood and adolescent population.

  13. Autonomic Management for Multi-agent Systems

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    Nadir kamal Salih; G. K. Viju; Mohamed, Abdelmotalib A.

    2011-01-01

    Autonomic computing is a computing system that can manage itself by self-configuration, self-healing, self-optimizing and self-protection. Researchers have been emphasizing the strong role that multi agent systems can play progressively towards the design and implementation of complex autonomic systems. The important of autonomic computing is to create computing systems capable of managing themselves to a far greater extent than they do today. With the nature of autonomy, reactivity, socialit...

  14. Gastrointestinal autonomic nerve tumor of the stomach

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    Meshikhes, Abdul-Wahed N.; Al-Garni, Ayed A.; Sami A Al-Momen; Al-Nahawi, Mamdouh; Abu Subaih, Jawad

    2014-01-01

    Patient: Female, 32 Final Diagnosis: Gastrintestinal Autonomic Nerve Tumor (GANT) Symptoms: anemia • anorexia • fatigue • fever • hearburn • nausea • weight loss Medication: — Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Gastroenterology and Hepatology Objective: Rare disease Background: Gastrointestinal autonomic nerve tumors (GANT) are extremely rare tumors that are related to gastrointestinal autonomic nervous plexuses. They are distinguished from stromal tumors by their unique ultrastructural feature...

  15. Autonomic dysfunction in cirrhosis and portal hypertension

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    Dümcke, Christine Winkler; Møller, Søren

    2008-01-01

    Liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension are frequently associated with signs of circulatory dysfunction and peripheral polyneuropathy, which includes defects of the autonomic nervous system. Autonomic dysfunction, which is seen in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis and increases wit...... liver disease. A description is given of its aetiology and the typical circulatory dysfunction with characteristic hyperdynamic and hyporeactive circulation and heart failure, and the most important tests of the autonomic nervous system....

  16. Test and Evaluation of Autonomous Ground Vehicles

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    Yang Sun; Guangming Xiong; Weilong Song; Jianwei Gong; Huiyan Chen

    2014-01-01

    A preestablished test and evaluation system will benefit the development of autonomous ground vehicles. This paper proposes a design method for a scientific and comprehensive test and evaluation system for autonomous ground vehicles competitions. It can better guide and regulate the development of China’s autonomous ground vehicles. The test and evaluation system includes the test contents, the test environment, the test methods, and the evaluation methods. Using a hierarchical design approac...

  17. Autonomous vehicle control systems for safe crossroads

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    Alonso Ruiz, Javier; Milanés Montero, Vicente; Pérez, Joshué; Onieva Caracuel, Enrique; González Fernández-Vallejo, Carlos; Pedro Lucio, María Teresa de

    2011-01-01

    This article presents a cooperative manoeuvre among three dual mode cars – vehicles equipped with sensors and actuators, and that can be driven either manually or autonomously. One vehicle is driven autonomously and the other two are driven manually. The main objective is to test two decision algorithms for priority conflict resolution at intersections so that a vehicle autonomously driven can take their own decision about crossing an intersection mingling with manually driven cars without th...

  18. Self-Adapting Reactive Autonomous Agents

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    Andrecut, M.; Ali, M. K.

    This paper describes a new self-adapting control algorithm for reactive autonomous agents. The architecture of the autonomous agents integrates the reactive behavior with reinforcement learning. We show how these components perform on-line adaptation of the autonomous agents to various complex navigation situations by constructing an internal model of the environment. Also, a discussion on cooperation and coordination of teams of agents is presented.

  19. Attainability of Carnot efficiency with autonomous engines

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    Shiraishi, Naoto

    2015-11-01

    The maximum efficiency of autonomous engines with a finite chemical potential difference is investigated. We show that, without a particular type of singularity, autonomous engines cannot attain the Carnot efficiency. This singularity is realized in two ways: single particle transports and the thermodynamic limit. We demonstrate that both of these ways actually lead to the Carnot efficiency in concrete setups. Our results clearly illustrate that the singularity plays a crucial role in the maximum efficiency of autonomous engines.

  20. Attainability of Carnot efficiency with autonomous engines.

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    Shiraishi, Naoto

    2015-11-01

    The maximum efficiency of autonomous engines with a finite chemical potential difference is investigated. We show that, without a particular type of singularity, autonomous engines cannot attain the Carnot efficiency. This singularity is realized in two ways: single particle transports and the thermodynamic limit. We demonstrate that both of these ways actually lead to the Carnot efficiency in concrete setups. Our results clearly illustrate that the singularity plays a crucial role in the maximum efficiency of autonomous engines.

  1. Las versiones homericas Las versiones homericas

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    Jorge Luis Borges

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Ningún problema tan consustancial con las letras con su modesto misterio como el que propone una traducción. Un olvido animal por la vanidad, el tenor de confesar procesos mentales que adivinamos peligrosamente comunes, el conato de mantener intacta y central una reserve incalculable de sombre, velan las tales escrituras directas. La traducciOn, en cambio, parece destinada a ilustrar la discusión estitica. El modelo propuesto a su imitaciOn es un texto visible, no un labirint° inestimable de proyectos preteritos o la acatada tentaciOn momentanea de una facilidad. Bertrand Russell define un objeto extern( como un sistema circular, irradiante, de impresiones posibles; lo mismo puede aseverarse de un texto, dadas las repercusiones incalculables de lo verbal. Un parcial y precioso documento de las vicisitudes que sufre queda en sus traducciones.

  2. Information for Successful Interaction with Autonomous Systems

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    Malin, Jane T.; Johnson, Kathy A.

    2003-01-01

    Interaction in heterogeneous mission operations teams is not well matched to classical models of coordination with autonomous systems. We describe methods of loose coordination and information management in mission operations. We describe an information agent and information management tool suite for managing information from many sources, including autonomous agents. We present an integrated model of levels of complexity of agent and human behavior, which shows types of information processing and points of potential error in agent activities. We discuss the types of information needed for diagnosing problems and planning interactions with an autonomous system. We discuss types of coordination for which designs are needed for autonomous system functions.

  3. Design of a Miniature Autonomous Surveillance Robot

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    ZHENG Chang-e; HUANG Qiang; HUANG Yuan-can

    2009-01-01

    The small size of miniature robots poses great challenges for the mechanical and deetrieal design and the implementation of autonomous capabilities.In this paper,the mechanical and electrical design for a twowheeled cylindrical miniature autonomous robot ("BMS-1",BIT MicroScout-1) is presented and some autonomous capabilities are implemented by multiple sensors and some arithmetic models.Several experimental results show that BMS-1 is useful for surveillance in confined spaces and suitable for large-scale surveillance due to some autonomous capabilities.

  4. Autonomic dysfunction in primary sleep disorders.

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    Miglis, Mitchell G

    2016-03-01

    The autonomic nervous system plays an important role in the coordination of many important physiologic functions during sleep. Many patients with untreated sleep disorders will describe symptoms of autonomic impairment, and a majority of patients with autonomic impairment have some form of sleep disorder. This article will explore possible explanations for this connection, as well as review the current literature on autonomic impairment in common primary sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, and rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder. PMID:27198946

  5. Las lenguas en las sociedades del conocimiento

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    Álvarez, J. Francisco

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Languages become a strategic resource for information and knowledge societies. By expressing and sharing knowledge by means of languages, every culture generates deposits of knowledge, which can be transferred and exchanged among different epistemic communities. The contemporary technologies of information and communication have changed the structure of knowledge flows. Globalization of knowledge poses a great challenge to every language, including the Spanish one. In order to survive in the digital world, they should develop technolanguages. The lemma “Thinking in Spanish” implies a new model of governance for the Ibero-American knowledge communities.En las sociedades de la información y el conocimiento las lenguas se convierten en un recurso estratégico. Al expresar y compartir conocimiento por medio de los idiomas, las culturas generan yacimientos de conocimiento, que pueden ser transferidos e intercambiados entre comunidades epistémicas diferentes. Las actuales tecnologías de la información y la comunicación han cambiado la estructura de los flujos de conocimiento. La globalización del conocimiento plantea un gran desafío a todas las lenguas, incluyendo la española. Para sobrevivir en el mundo digital, los lenguajes han de convertirse en tecnolenguajes. El lema “Pensar en español” aporta un nuevo modelo de gobernanza para las comunidades iberoamericanas del conocimiento.

  6. A necessary and sufficient condition for transforming autonomous systems into linear autonomous Birkhoffian systems

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    The problem of transforming autonomous systems into Birkhoffian systems is studied. A reasonable form of linear autonomous Birkhoff equations is given. By combining them with the undetermined tensor method, a necessary and sufficient condition for an autonomous system to have a representation in terms of linear autonomous Birkhoff equations is obtained. The methods of constructing Birkhoffian dynamical functions are given. Two examples are given to illustrate the application of the results. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  7. Knowledge acquisition for autonomous systems

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    Lum, Henry; Heer, Ewald

    1988-01-01

    Knowledge-based capabilities for autonomous aerospace systems, such as the NASA Space Station, must encompass conflict-resolution functions comparable to those of human operators, with all elements of the system working toward system goals in a concurrent, asynchronous-but-coordinated fashion. Knowledge extracted from a design database will support robotic systems by furnishing geometric, structural, and causal descriptions required for repair, disassembly, and assembly. The factual knowledge for these databases will be obtained from a master database through a technical management information system, and it will in many cases have to be augmented by domain-specific heuristic knowledge acquired from domain experts.

  8. Autonomous sensor manager agents (ASMA)

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    Osadciw, Lisa A.

    2004-04-01

    Autonomous sensor manager agents are presented as an algorithm to perform sensor management within a multisensor fusion network. The design of the hybrid ant system/particle swarm agents is described in detail with some insight into their performance. Although the algorithm is designed for the general sensor management problem, a simulation example involving 2 radar systems is presented. Algorithmic parameters are determined by the size of the region covered by the sensor network, the number of sensors, and the number of parameters to be selected. With straight forward modifications, this algorithm can be adapted for most sensor management problems.

  9. Autonomous Dome for Robotic Telescope

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    Kumar, Akash; Ganesh, Shashikiran

    2016-01-01

    Physical Research Laboratory operates a 50cm robotic observatory at Mount Abu. This Automated Telescope for Variability Studies (ATVS) makes use of Remote Telescope System 2 (RTS2) for autonomous operations. The observatory uses a 3.5m dome from Sirius Observatories. We have developed electronics using Arduino electronic circuit boards with home grown logic and software to control the dome operations. We are in the process of completing the drivers to link our Arduino based dome controller with RTS2. This document is a short description of the various phases of the development and their integration to achieve the required objective.

  10. Topological entropy of autonomous flows

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    Badii, R. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-06-01

    When studying fluid dynamics, especially in a turbulent regime, it is crucial to estimate the number of active degrees of freedom or of localized structures in the system. The topological entropy quantifies the exponential growth of the number of `distinct` orbits in a dynamical system as a function of their length, in the infinite spatial resolution limit. Here, I illustrate a novel method for its evaluation, which extends beyond maps and is applicable to any system, including autonomous flows: these are characterized by lack of a definite absolute time scale for the orbit lengths. (author) 8 refs.

  11. The Autonomous Pathogen Detection System

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    Dzenitis, J M; Makarewicz, A J

    2009-01-13

    We developed, tested, and now operate a civilian biological defense capability that continuously monitors the air for biological threat agents. The Autonomous Pathogen Detection System (APDS) collects, prepares, reads, analyzes, and reports results of multiplexed immunoassays and multiplexed PCR assays using Luminex{copyright} xMAP technology and flow cytometer. The mission we conduct is particularly demanding: continuous monitoring, multiple threat agents, high sensitivity, challenging environments, and ultimately extremely low false positive rates. Here, we introduce the mission requirements and metrics, show the system engineering and analysis framework, and describe the progress to date including early development and current status.

  12. Autonomía, información y cuidado enfermero

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    Busquets Surribas, Montserrat

    2014-01-01

    Este artículo plantea la necesidad de que las enfermeras participen activamente en el proceso de información al paciente/usuario, sobre todo cuando las noticias son malas. Repasa el concepto de autonomía y propone el cuidado como el referente ético para que la información y comunicación ayuden a la persona a comprender su situación y tomar decisiones. De esta manera, centra la responsabilidad de la enfermera en la información y generación de espacios y contextos que fomenten y respeten la aut...

  13. Multi-agent autonomous system

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    Fink, Wolfgang (Inventor); Dohm, James (Inventor); Tarbell, Mark A. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A multi-agent autonomous system for exploration of hazardous or inaccessible locations. The multi-agent autonomous system includes simple surface-based agents or craft controlled by an airborne tracking and command system. The airborne tracking and command system includes an instrument suite used to image an operational area and any craft deployed within the operational area. The image data is used to identify the craft, targets for exploration, and obstacles in the operational area. The tracking and command system determines paths for the surface-based craft using the identified targets and obstacles and commands the craft using simple movement commands to move through the operational area to the targets while avoiding the obstacles. Each craft includes its own instrument suite to collect information about the operational area that is transmitted back to the tracking and command system. The tracking and command system may be further coupled to a satellite system to provide additional image information about the operational area and provide operational and location commands to the tracking and command system.

  14. Plant Watering Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Hema Nagaraja

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Now days, due to busy routine life, people forget to water their plants. In this paper, we present a completely autonomous and a cost-effective system for watering indoor potted plants placed on an even surface. The system comprises of a mobile robot and a temperature-humidity sensing module. The system is fully adaptive to any environment and takes into account the watering needs of the plants using the temperature-humidity sensing module. The paper describes the hardware architecture of the fully automated watering system, which uses wireless communication to communicate between the mobile robot and the sensing module. This gardening robot is completely portable and is equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID module, a microcontroller, an on-board water reservoir and an attached water pump. It is capable of sensing the watering needs of the plants, locating them and finally watering them autonomously without any human intervention. Mobilization of the robot to the potted plant is achieved by using a predefined path. For identification, an RFID tag is attached to each potted plant. The paper also discusses the detailed implementation of the system supported with complete circuitry. Finally, the paper concludes with system performance including the analysis of the water carrying capacity and time requirements to water a set of plants.

  15. Autonomous Robotic Inspection in Tunnels

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    Protopapadakis, E.; Stentoumis, C.; Doulamis, N.; Doulamis, A.; Loupos, K.; Makantasis, K.; Kopsiaftis, G.; Amditis, A.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, an automatic robotic inspector for tunnel assessment is presented. The proposed platform is able to autonomously navigate within the civil infrastructures, grab stereo images and process/analyse them, in order to identify defect types. At first, there is the crack detection via deep learning approaches. Then, a detailed 3D model of the cracked area is created, utilizing photogrammetric methods. Finally, a laser profiling of the tunnel's lining, for a narrow region close to detected crack is performed; allowing for the deduction of potential deformations. The robotic platform consists of an autonomous mobile vehicle; a crane arm, guided by the computer vision-based crack detector, carrying ultrasound sensors, the stereo cameras and the laser scanner. Visual inspection is based on convolutional neural networks, which support the creation of high-level discriminative features for complex non-linear pattern classification. Then, real-time 3D information is accurately calculated and the crack position and orientation is passed to the robotic platform. The entire system has been evaluated in railway and road tunnels, i.e. in Egnatia Highway and London underground infrastructure.

  16. De la dependencia a la autonomía: ¿dónde queda la educación?

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    Amando Vega Fuentes

    2007-01-01

    El desarrollo de un Sistema Nacional de Dependencia aborda la necesidad de apoyos a las personas con discapacidad. Pero existe la necesidad de superar el enfoque médico-asistencial dominante para llegar a un planteamiento respetuoso de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad que piden atención integral y calidad de vida. Este artículo pretende analizar los conceptos de autonomía y dependencia con sus implicaciones para la atención de las personas con discapacidad, plantea...

  17. Intelligent autonomous systems 12. Vol. 2. Proceedings

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    Lee, Sukhan [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Gyeonggi-Do (Korea, Republic of). College of Information and Communication Engineering; Yoon, Kwang-Joon [Konkuk Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Hyungsuck [Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jangmyung (eds.) [Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Electronics Engineering

    2013-02-01

    Recent research in Intelligent and Autonomous Systems. Volume 2 of the proceedings of the 12th International Conference IAS-12, held June 26-29, 2012, jeju Island, Korea. Written by leading experts in the field. Intelligent autonomous systems are emerged as a key enabler for the creation of a new paradigm of services to humankind, as seen by the recent advancement of autonomous cars licensed for driving in our streets, of unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles carrying out hazardous tasks on-site, and of space robots engaged in scientific as well as operational missions, to list only a few. This book aims at serving the researchers and practitioners in related fields with a timely dissemination of the recent progress on intelligent autonomous systems, based on a collection of papers presented at the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems, held in Jeju, Korea, June 26-29, 2012. With the theme of ''Intelligence and Autonomy for the Service to Humankind, the conference has covered such diverse areas as autonomous ground, aerial, and underwater vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, personal/domestic service robots, professional service robots for surgery/rehabilitation, rescue/security and space applications, and intelligent autonomous systems for manufacturing and healthcare. This volume 2 includes contributions devoted to Service Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction and Autonomous Multi-Agent Systems and Life Engineering.

  18. An autonomous weeding robot for organic farming

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    Bakker, T.; Asselt, van C.J.; Bontsema, J.; Müller, J.; Straten, van G.

    2006-01-01

    The objective of this research is the replacement of hand weeding in organic farming by a device working autonomously at ¯eld level. The autonomous weeding robot was designed using a structured design approach, giving a good overview of the total design. A vehicle was developed with a diesel engine,

  19. Autonomous Control of Space Reactor Systems

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    Autonomous and semi-autonomous control is a key element of space reactor design in order to meet the mission requirements of safety, reliability, survivability, and life expectancy. Interrestrial nuclear power plants, human operators are available to perform intelligent control functions that are necessary for both normal and abnormal operational conditions

  20. Autonomous Control of Space Reactor Systems

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    Belle R. Upadhyaya; K. Zhao; S.R.P. Perillo; Xiaojia Xu; M.G. Na

    2007-11-30

    Autonomous and semi-autonomous control is a key element of space reactor design in order to meet the mission requirements of safety, reliability, survivability, and life expectancy. Interrestrial nuclear power plants, human operators are avilable to perform intelligent control functions that are necessary for both normal and abnormal operational conditions.

  1. Las incubadoras de las empresas de Quebec

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    Bernardo Parra Restrepo

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Este articulo contiene información de las incubadoras de empresas especialmente aquellas encontradas en Quebec. A través de los 80's, el concepto de incubadoras de empresas fue introducido en América por expertos en el desarrollo económico. Sus metas fueron el estudio de los efectos del desempleo resultante de la quiebra de plantas industriales o del uso del proceso de producción automático por parte de las grandes compañías. Además se esperaba crear empleo para los inmigrantes. El campo más prometedor de estas experiencias se encuentra en el desarrollo de alta tecnología industrial, especialmente en electrónica, microprocesadores y software para sistemas de computación. Esta área también cubre las industrias innovadoras.

  2. Autonomic Management for Multi-agent Systems

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    Nadir kamal Salih

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Autonomic computing is a computing system that can manage itself by self-configuration, self-healing, self-optimizing and self-protection. Researchers have been emphasizing the strong role that multi agent systems can play progressively towards the design and implementation of complex autonomic systems. The important of autonomic computing is to create computing systems capable of managing themselves to a far greater extent than they do today. With the nature of autonomy, reactivity, sociality and pro-activity, software agents are promising to make autonomic computing system a reality. This paper mixed multi-agent system with autonomic feature that completely hides its complexity from users/services. Mentioned Java Application Development Framework (JADE as platform example of this environment, could applied to web services as front end to users. With multi agent support it also provides adaptability, intelligence, collaboration, goal oriented interactions, flexibility, mobility and persistence in software systems.

  3. Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy in the diabetic patients.

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    Maria Eugenia Niño Mantilla

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available the dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system is a serious problem in diabetic patients. The cardiovacular autonomic neuropathy is the most important autonomic dysfuntion for it´s implication in the increasesof the mortality rate in diabetis patients. tis ethiopatogenesis is the result of a multifactorial process caused by chronic hyperglycemia, ending up in damage of the autonomic fibers thet innervate the heart and blood vessels, leading to dysfuntional hearth rate control and abnormal vascular dynamics. the associated clinical manifestations include orthotatic hypotension, excecise intolerance, intraoperative cardiovascular liability and silent myocardial ischemia. Being important its recognition, quantitative test to evaluate the cardiovascular funtion, to value its evolution and the effects of the treatment ahould be done, being the most used, the hearth rate response to standing test, and teh valsalva maneuver. the handling of this entity is done improving control of glucose blood levels its the most effective way to prevent the cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy in the diabetic patients.

  4. Las sentencias constitucionales exhortativas

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    Néstor Pedro Sagües

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Como producto del derecho judicial, diferentes tribunales constitucionales europeos han desarrollado nuevos tipos de sentencias atípicas, diferentes de las tradicionales. Entre ellas, las “exhortativas” recomiendan al legislador (incluso al constituyente dictar nuevas normas en reemplazo de las actualmente en vigor, para que estén bajo la Constitución. En el caso argentino, recientemente la Corte Suprema las ha admitido en un hábeas corpus colectivo destinado a mejorar la situación de detenidos en cárceles de la Provincia de Buenos Aires.

  5. las Comunicaciones (tics

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    Fernando Iriarte Díazgranados

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta un análisis de los resultados de estudios sobre la penetración de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (TICS en países como España y Colombia. El análisis se centra en las posibles consecuencias, tanto positivas como negativas, que estas tecnologías pueden tener en la vida de los niños, y en el papel que las familias pueden asumir para que su utilización sea lo más beneficiosa posible.

  6. Las fronteras del istmo

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    Affre, Nathalie; Alvarenga, Patricia; Arriola, Aura Marina; Bastian, Jean-Pierre; Bovin, Philippe; Burne, Stella Maris Arnaiz; Carrillo, Ana Lorena; Casillas R, Rodolfo; Castillo, Manuel Ángel; Córdova, Juan Pohlenz; Cosío, María Eugenia Zavala de; Dachary, Alfredo César; Dauzier, Martine; Demyk, Noelle; Douzant-Rosenfeld, Denise

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    Obra organizada en torno a seis ejes principales que estudian la importancia de comparar las fronteras y los tipos de gestión desde el punto de vista geopolítico, histórico y antropológico; las tramas de la organización del espacio actual; la influencia en la evolución de las sociedades debido a la violencia política y los conflictos armados; los movimientos migratorios internacionales; la integración política y económica y finalmente los lazos comunitarios y de las identidades relacionados c...

  7. An Autonomous Flight Safety System

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    Bull, James B.; Lanzi, Raymond J.

    2007-01-01

    The Autonomous Flight Safety System (AFSS) being developed by NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center s Wallops Flight Facility and Kennedy Space Center has completed two successful developmental flights and is preparing for a third. AFSS has been demonstrated to be a viable architecture for implementation of a completely vehicle based system capable of protecting life and property in event of an errant vehicle by terminating the flight or initiating other actions. It is capable of replacing current human-in-the-loop systems or acting in parallel with them. AFSS is configured prior to flight in accordance with a specific rule set agreed upon by the range safety authority and the user to protect the public and assure mission success. This paper discusses the motivation for the project, describes the method of development, and presents an overview of the evolving architecture and the current status.

  8. Testbed for an autonomous system

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    Dikshit, Piyush; Guimaraes, Katia; Ramamurthy, Maya; Agrawala, Ashok K.; Larsen, Ronald L.

    1989-01-01

    In previous works we have defined a general architectural model for autonomous systems, which can easily be mapped to describe the functions of any automated system (SDAG-86-01), and we illustrated that model by applying it to the thermal management system of a space station (SDAG-87-01). In this note, we will further develop that application and design the detail of the implementation of such a model. First we present the environment of our application by describing the thermal management problem and an abstraction, which was called TESTBED, that includes a specific function for each module in the architecture, and the nature of the interfaces between each pair of blocks.

  9. Wireless autonomous device data transmission

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    Sammel, Jr., David W. (Inventor); Cain, James T. (Inventor); Mickle, Marlin H. (Inventor); Mi, Minhong (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method of communicating information from a wireless autonomous device (WAD) to a base station. The WAD has a data element having a predetermined profile having a total number of sequenced possible data element combinations. The method includes receiving at the WAD an RF profile transmitted by the base station that includes a triggering portion having a number of pulses, wherein the number is at least equal to the total number of possible data element combinations. The method further includes keeping a count of received pulses and wirelessly transmitting a piece of data, preferably one bit, to the base station when the count reaches a value equal to the stored data element's particular number in the sequence. Finally, the method includes receiving the piece of data at the base station and using the receipt thereof to determine which of the possible data element combinations the stored data element is.

  10. Design of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

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    Tadahiro Hyakudome

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available There are concerns about the impact that global warming will have on our environment, and which will inevitably result in expanding deserts and rising water levels. While a lot of underwater vehicles are utilized, AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle were considered and chosen, as the most suitable tool for conduction survey concerning these global environmental problems. AUVs can comprehensive survey because the vehicle does not have to be connected to the support vessel by tether cable. When such underwater vehicles are made, it is necessary to consider about the following things. 1 Seawater and Water Pressure Environment, 2 Sink, 3 There are no Gas or Battery Charge Stations, 4 Global Positioning System cannot use, 5 Radio waves cannot use. In the paper, outline of above and how deal about it are explained.

  11. Autonomous navigation system and method

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    Bruemmer, David J [Idaho Falls, ID; Few, Douglas A [Idaho Falls, ID

    2009-09-08

    A robot platform includes perceptors, locomotors, and a system controller, which executes instructions for autonomously navigating a robot. The instructions repeat, on each iteration through an event timing loop, the acts of defining an event horizon based on the robot's current velocity, detecting a range to obstacles around the robot, testing for an event horizon intrusion by determining if any range to the obstacles is within the event horizon, and adjusting rotational and translational velocity of the robot accordingly. If the event horizon intrusion occurs, rotational velocity is modified by a proportion of the current rotational velocity reduced by a proportion of the range to the nearest obstacle and translational velocity is modified by a proportion of the range to the nearest obstacle. If no event horizon intrusion occurs, translational velocity is set as a ratio of a speed factor relative to a maximum speed.

  12. Autonomous Spacecraft Navigation With Pulsars

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    Becker, Werner; Jessner, Axel

    2013-01-01

    An external reference system suitable for deep space navigation can be defined by fast spinning and strongly magnetized neutron stars, called pulsars. Their beamed periodic signals have timing stabilities comparable to atomic clocks and provide characteristic temporal signatures that can be used as natural navigation beacons, quite similar to the use of GPS satellites for navigation on Earth. By comparing pulse arrival times measured on-board a spacecraft with predicted pulse arrivals at a reference location, the spacecraft position can be determined autonomously and with high accuracy everywhere in the solar system and beyond. The unique properties of pulsars make clear already today that such a navigation system will have its application in future astronautics. In this paper we describe the basic principle of spacecraft navigation using pulsars and report on the current development status of this novel technology.

  13. Autonomous navigation system and method

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    Bruemmer, David J [Idaho Falls, ID; Few, Douglas A [Idaho Falls, ID

    2009-09-08

    A robot platform includes perceptors, locomotors, and a system controller, which executes instructions for autonomously navigating a robot. The instructions repeat, on each iteration through an event timing loop, the acts of defining an event horizon based on the robot's current velocity, detecting a range to obstacles around the robot, testing for an event horizon intrusion by determining if any range to the obstacles is within the event horizon, and adjusting rotational and translational velocity of the robot accordingly. If the event horizon intrusion occurs, rotational velocity is modified by a proportion of the current rotational velocity reduced by a proportion of the range to the nearest obstacle and translational velocity is modified by a proportion of the range to the nearest obstacle. If no event horizon intrusion occurs, translational velocity is set as a ratio of a speed factor relative to a maximum speed.

  14. APDS: Autonomous Pathogen Detection System

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    Langlois, R G; Brown, S; Burris, L; Colston, B; Jones, L; Makarewicz, T; Mariella, R; Masquelier, D; McBride, M; Milanovich, F; Masarabadi, S; Venkateswaran, K; Marshall, G; Olson, D; Wolcott, D

    2002-02-14

    An early warning system to counter bioterrorism, the Autonomous Pathogen Detection System (APDS) continuously monitors the environment for the presence of biological pathogens (e.g., anthrax) and once detected, it sounds an alarm much like a smoke detector warns of a fire. Long before September 11, 2001, this system was being developed to protect domestic venues and events including performing arts centers, mass transit systems, major sporting and entertainment events, and other high profile situations in which the public is at risk of becoming a target of bioterrorist attacks. Customizing off-the-shelf components and developing new components, a multidisciplinary team developed APDS, a stand-alone system for rapid, continuous monitoring of multiple airborne biological threat agents in the environment. The completely automated APDS samples the air, prepares fluid samples in-line, and performs two orthogonal tests: immunoassay and nucleic acid detection. When compared to competing technologies, APDS is unprecedented in terms of flexibility and system performance.

  15. BLAST Autonomous Daytime Star Cameras

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    Rex, M; Devlin, M J; Gundersen, J; Klein, J; Pascale, E; Wiebe, D; Rex, Marie; Chapin, Edward; Devlin, Mark J.; Gundersen, Joshua; Klein, Jeff; Pascale, Enzo; Wiebe, Donald

    2006-01-01

    We have developed two redundant daytime star cameras to provide the fine pointing solution for the balloon-borne submillimeter telescope, BLAST. The cameras are capable of providing a reconstructed pointing solution with an absolute accuracy < 5 arcseconds. They are sensitive to stars down to magnitudes ~ 9 in daytime float conditions. Each camera combines a 1 megapixel CCD with a 200 mm f/2 lens to image a 2 degree x 2.5 degree field of the sky. The instruments are autonomous. An internal computer controls the temperature, adjusts the focus, and determines a real-time pointing solution at 1 Hz. The mechanical details and flight performance of these instruments are presented.

  16. Digital autonomous terminal access communications

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    Novacki, S.

    1987-01-01

    A significant problem for the Bus Monitor Unit is to identify the source of a given transmission. This problem arises from the fact that the label which identifies the source of the transmission as it is put into the bus is intercepted by the Digital Autonomous Terminal Access Communications (DATAC) terminal and removed from the transmission. Thus, a given subsystem will see only data associated with a label and never the identifying label itself. The Bus Monitor must identify the source of the transmission so as to be able to provide some type of error identification/location in the event that some problem with the data transmission occurs. Steps taken to alleviate this problem by modifications to the DATAC terminal are discussed.

  17. Autonomous Infrastructure for Observatory Operations

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    Seaman, R.

    This is an era of rapid change from ancient human-mediated modes of astronomical practice to a vision of ever larger time domain surveys, ever bigger "big data", to increasing numbers of robotic telescopes and astronomical automation on every mountaintop. Over the past decades, facets of a new autonomous astronomical toolkit have been prototyped and deployed in support of numerous space missions. Remote and queue observing modes have gained significant market share on the ground. Archives and data-mining are becoming ubiquitous; astroinformatic techniques and virtual observatory standards and protocols are areas of active development. Astronomers and engineers, planetary and solar scientists, and researchers from communities as diverse as particle physics and exobiology are collaborating on a vast range of "multi-messenger" science. What then is missing?

  18. Autonomous caregiver following robotic wheelchair

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    Ratnam, E. Venkata; Sivaramalingam, Sethurajan; Vignesh, A. Sri; Vasanth, Elanthendral; Joans, S. Mary

    2011-12-01

    In the last decade, a variety of robotic/intelligent wheelchairs have been proposed to meet the need in aging society. Their main research topics are autonomous functions such as moving toward some goals while avoiding obstacles, or user-friendly interfaces. Although it is desirable for wheelchair users to go out alone, caregivers often accompany them. Therefore we have to consider not only autonomous functions and user interfaces but also how to reduce caregivers' load and support their activities in a communication aspect. From this point of view, we have proposed a robotic wheelchair moving with a caregiver side by side based on the MATLAB process. In this project we discussing about robotic wheel chair to follow a caregiver by using a microcontroller, Ultrasonic sensor, keypad, Motor drivers to operate robot. Using camera interfaced with the DM6437 (Davinci Code Processor) image is captured. The captured image are then processed by using image processing technique, the processed image are then converted into voltage levels through MAX 232 level converter and given it to the microcontroller unit serially and ultrasonic sensor to detect the obstacle in front of robot. In this robot we have mode selection switch Automatic and Manual control of robot, we use ultrasonic sensor in automatic mode to find obstacle, in Manual mode to use the keypad to operate wheel chair. In the microcontroller unit, c language coding is predefined, according to this coding the robot which connected to it was controlled. Robot which has several motors is activated by using the motor drivers. Motor drivers are nothing but a switch which ON/OFF the motor according to the control given by the microcontroller unit.

  19. La alteridad como lo nuevo radical y el proyecto de autonomía: huellas de Castoriadis en discursos sobre naturaleza y género

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    Maria del Socorro Foio

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    Este artículo trata sobre las tesis de Castoriadis sobre alteridad y autonomía, vinculándolas con las teorías de Affpel Marglin y de Leff referidas a las significaciones imaginarias sociales de la naturaleza y las de Butler y de Haraway acerca de la construcción social del sexo y el género. Según Castoriadis, la creación de significados es siempre creación de una multiplicidad. Su ontología se funda en la noción de la multiplicidad del ser, revelada como diferencia -donde el ser es identi...

  20. Relación de las publicaciones periódicas de los Centros que integran la CECEL

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    de Salazar y Acha, Eduardo

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available A list of magazines published by the centres of the CECEL arranged according to Autonomous Communities and Provinces. Data related to their ISSNs, their periodicity or the dates of the launching of each magazine are given too.Se relacionan las revistas editadas por los Centros de la CECEL ordenadas por autonomías y provincias. Se suministran los datos de sus ISSN’s, Periodicidad y fecha de inicio de cada publicación.

  1. Deber ético de promover la autonomía y competencia del paciente psiquiátrico.

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    Francisco Javier León C

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Artículo de revisión teórica sobre el deber ético de promover la autonomía y la competencia del paciente, como fin fundamental en la actuación del profesional psiquiatra. Más allá del respeto por la autonomía, su interpretación legal, las decisiones sobre la competencia del paciente y la subrogación en sus familiares, está la promoción de su autonomía –dentro de lo posible en cada caso- como parte del respeto por su dignidad personal. El autor parte del análisis del concepto de autonomía y su papel en la bioética, y su aplicación en el caso de las enfermedades psiquiátricas, siguiendo el modelo de “intención ética” de Ricoeur, para articularla con la beneficencia y la justicia. Concluye que es deber ético primordial de los profesionales, en el ámbito de la psiquiatría, promover la mayor participación posible del paciente en las decisiones que se tomen sobre su salud, así como mejorar su competencia mediante el tratamiento y mediante la educación en salud.

  2. en las redes organizacionales

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    Tania Peña

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Partiendo de una perspectiva racional, que luego llega a la abducción, se analiza la contribución de las unidades de información en las redes organizacionales generadoras de conocimiento; para esto se manejan algunos postulados teóricos que caracterizan y señalan tanto las funciones de las unidades de información en la actual sociedad globalizada, como el funcionamiento de las redes organizacionales. Como resultado se indica que las unidades de información contribuyen en los procesos de transferencia y creación de conocimiento que ocurre en dichas redes, en tanto que su acción impacta positivamente el desempeño de sus participantes. Se concluye primordialmente que las unidades de información propician el incremento del potencial creativo de los individuos que se manejan en ambientes redificados, por cuanto le proporcionan herramientas instrumentales tecnológico- analíticas para hacer un uso más provechoso de las fuentes de información, por lo que agregan valor a sus aportes intelectuales en la solución de problemas, el mejoramiento de procesos o la creación de innovaciones.

  3. Haciendo resonar las voces

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    Tufte, Thomas; Corrigan, Arran; Ekstrøm, Ylva;

    2011-01-01

    sexualidad protegida y el VIH/SIDA”. FEMINA persigue sus objetivos por medio de la producción de dos de las revistas de mayor circulación en Tanzania: SiMchezo! y Fema, apuntando a la juventud rural y urbana mediante una estrategia de intervención comunicacional multimedia y participativa. Las dos revistas...

  4. Current challenges in autonomous vehicle development

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    Connelly, J.; Hong, W. S.; Mahoney, R. B., Jr.; Sparrow, D. A.

    2006-05-01

    The field of autonomous vehicles is a rapidly growing one, with significant interest from both government and industry sectors. Autonomous vehicles represent the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, combining decision-making with real-time control. Autonomous vehicles are desired for use in search and rescue, urban reconnaissance, mine detonation, supply convoys, and more. The general adage is to use robots for anything dull, dirty, dangerous or dumb. While a great deal of research has been done on autonomous systems, there are only a handful of fielded examples incorporating machine autonomy beyond the level of teleoperation, especially in outdoor/complex environments. In an attempt to assess and understand the current state of the art in autonomous vehicle development, a few areas where unsolved problems remain became clear. This paper outlines those areas and provides suggestions for the focus of science and technology research. The first step in evaluating the current state of autonomous vehicle development was to develop a definition of autonomy. A number of autonomy level classification systems were reviewed. The resulting working definitions and classification schemes used by the authors are summarized in the opening sections of the paper. The remainder of the report discusses current approaches and challenges in decision-making and real-time control for autonomous vehicles. Suggested research focus areas for near-, mid-, and long-term development are also presented.

  5. La autonomía en la práctica de la enfermería

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    Dianne Tapp

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available La autonomía ha sido vista como un indicador de la profesionalización de la disciplina. La autonomía de enfermería ha sido identificada como una variable importante que afecta la percepci ón de la enfermera en relación con su satisfacción en el trabajo, los ambientes positivos de su práctica profesional y la calidad del cuidado de enfermería. La suposición de que un aspecto clave de la autonom ía de enfermería es actuar con un juicio y práctica independiente, fue cuestionada en un estudio interpretativo que exploró la forma como las enfermeras entienden la autonomía en su práctica clínica y en su trabajo. Este artículo describe el proyecto de investigación, y explora el énfasis que hacen las enfermeras sobre los aspectos inherentes al ejercicio de la autonomía en su trabajo clínico. Las descripciones de sus relaciones con los médicos, colegas y directores de enfermería, ofrecen muchos ejemplos en los cuales la práctica autó- noma puede ser respaldada y fortalecida. Este artículo también discute estas posibilidades para que este concepto se pueda llevar a cabo en tres áreas claves: crear ambientes de práctica que enriquezcan la pericia clínica y la toma de decisiones; hacer posible que las enfermeras practiquen, aplicando todas sus capacidades educativas, sus experiencias y competencias; y fortalecer la práctica multidisciplinaria con colaboración.

  6. Propuesta didáctica para trabajar la autonomía personal en el aula desde el modelo cognitivo

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    El propósito de este trabajo Fin de Grado es diseñar actividades de autorregulación para trabajar la autonomía en Educación Infantil. Este trabajo se fundamenta en el concepto del sistema de autorregulación que propone la psicopedagogía cognitiva para trabajar la autonomía global del niño con habilidades específicas. Se han consultado los trabajos de Bornas, y se ha tomado como referencia el programa PEMPA para fundamentar las actividades. Asimismo, se proponen actividades concretas para a...

  7. Autonomous Demand Response for Primary Frequency Regulation

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    Donnelly, Matt; Trudnowski, Daniel J.; Mattix, S.; Dagle, Jeffery E.

    2012-02-28

    The research documented within this report examines the use of autonomous demand response to provide primary frequency response in an interconnected power grid. The work builds on previous studies in several key areas: it uses a large realistic model (i.e., the interconnection of the western United States and Canada); it establishes a set of metrics that can be used to assess the effectiveness of autonomous demand response; and it independently adjusts various parameters associated with using autonomous demand response to assess effectiveness and to examine possible threats or vulnerabilities associated with the technology.

  8. Autonomic symptoms in idiopathic REM behavior disorder

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    Ferini-Strambi, Luigi; Oertel, Wolfgang; Dauvilliers, Yves;

    2014-01-01

    Patients with idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder (iRBD) are at very high risk of developing neurodegenerative synucleinopathies, which are disorders with prominent autonomic dysfunction. Several studies have documented autonomic dysfunction in iRBD, but large-scale assessment of autonomic...... symptoms has never been systematically performed. Patients with polysomnography-confirmed iRBD (318 cases) and controls (137 healthy volunteers and 181 sleep center controls with sleep diagnoses other than RBD) were recruited from 13 neurological centers in 10 countries from 2008 to 2011. A validated scale...

  9. Vigilancia de los factores de riesgo de las enfermedades no transmisibles mediante encuesta telefónica: resultados de la Comunidad de Madrid en el período 1995-2003 Risk factors surveillance for non-communicable disease through telephone survey: Results in the Autonomous Community of Madrid from 1995-2003

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Ilustrar por primera vez con datos españoles la utilidad de la vigilancia por encuesta telefónica de los factores de riesgo de enfermedades no transmisibles para orientar las políticas de salud pública. Métodos: Se analiza la información del Sistema de Vigilancia de Factores de Riesgo asociados con Enfermedades No Transmisibles (SIVFRENT entre 1995 y 2003, basada en encuestas telefónicas mensuales y dirigida a la población de 18-64 años de la Comunidad de Madrid. Se realizaron 18.049 entrevistas durante todo el período. Se calculan los indicadores de sobrepeso y obesidad, sedentarismo, dieta, consumo de tabaco y alcohol, prácticas preventivas, accidentabilidad y seguridad vial. La tendencia se estima a través del promedio anual de las razones de prevalencia obtenidas mediante modelos lineales generalizados con vínculo logarítmico y familia binomial. Resultados: Los mayores cambios en los varones corresponden al incremento del sobrepeso y la obesidad, con un aumento relativo del 3,7% anual, y al descenso de la realización de dietas (-3%, del consumo elevado de alcohol (-6,1% y de la no utilización del cinturón de seguridad (-4%. En las mujeres se incrementan el sobrepeso y la obesidad (3,3%, el abandono del consumo de tabaco (3,1% y la realización de mamografías (6,4%, y disminuye la realización de dietas (-4,1% y la no utilización del cinturón de seguridad (-4,5%. Conclusiones: Se observan importantes progresos en numerosos indicadores, como el consumo de tabaco y alcohol, la seguridad vial y la realización de prácticas preventivas, mientras que en otros la situación empeora, fundamentalmente el incremento del sobrepeso y la obesidad.Objective: To illustrate -for the first time with Spanish data- the usefulness of telephone-interview-based surveillance of non-communicable diseases risk factors for the purpose of drawing up public health policies. Methods: We analysed information from the Non

  10. Development of a Commercially Viable, Modular Autonomous Robotic Systems for Converting any Vehicle to Autonomous Control

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    Parish, David W.; Grabbe, Robert D.; Marzwell, Neville I.

    1994-01-01

    A Modular Autonomous Robotic System (MARS), consisting of a modular autonomous vehicle control system that can be retrofit on to any vehicle to convert it to autonomous control and support a modular payload for multiple applications is being developed. The MARS design is scalable, reconfigurable, and cost effective due to the use of modern open system architecture design methodologies, including serial control bus technology to simplify system wiring and enhance scalability. The design is augmented with modular, object oriented (C++) software implementing a hierarchy of five levels of control including teleoperated, continuous guidepath following, periodic guidepath following, absolute position autonomous navigation, and relative position autonomous navigation. The present effort is focused on producing a system that is commercially viable for routine autonomous patrolling of known, semistructured environments, like environmental monitoring of chemical and petroleum refineries, exterior physical security and surveillance, perimeter patrolling, and intrafacility transport applications.

  11. Autonomic Dysfunction in Patients with Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

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    Jensen-Dahm, Christina; Waldemar, Gunhild; Staehelin Jensen, Troels;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Autonomic function has received little attention in Alzheimer's disease (AD). AD pathology has an impact on brain regions which are important for central autonomic control, but it is unclear if AD is associated with disturbance of autonomic function. OBJECTIVE: To investigate autonomic...

  12. La UNAM, su gratuidad y su autonomía: elementos para un debate

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    Octavio Rodríguez Araujo

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available El tema de los cobros por inscripción y colegiaturas en la UNAM ha sido motivo de movimientos estudiantiles cada vez que se han querido aumentar. El punto central de controversia en los últimos ahos ha sido sobre la constitucionalidad o inconstitucionalidad de las cuotas en las universidades públicas. Contra quienes argumentan que la UNAM, y en general las instituciones públicas de educación superior nodeben ser gratuitas, aquí se trata de demostrar que sí deben ser gratuitas. Este tema tiene que ver, asimismo, con el concepto de autonomía de la Universidad Nacional desde los arios posteriores a la Revolución de 1910.

  13. Autonomic testing: common techniques and clinical applications.

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    Weimer, Louis H

    2010-07-01

    Laboratories able to test autonomic function are increasingly available and rely on batteries of well-accepted, noninvasive tests. Tests of parasympathetic cardiovagal, sympathetic vasoconstriction, and sudomotor (sweating) function are most commonly employed. Common examples include heart rate variability to various challenges, Valsalva maneuver, standing and tilt-table studies, and various sudomotor methods. New techniques and technical refinements continue to be described. Most studies rely on perturbations of complex systems and not direct assessment. Testing has helped to improve disease recognition and prompted advances in classification, pathophysiology, and treatment. Major areas impacted include hereditary and immune-mediated autonomic neuropathy, diabetic autonomic neuropathy, distal symmetric polyneuropathy, Parkinson disease and other autonomic failure syndromes, orthostatic intolerance, and unexplained syncope. PMID:20592565

  14. An introduction to autonomous control systems

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    Antsaklis, Panos J.; Passino, Kevin M.; Wang, S. J.

    1991-01-01

    The functions, characteristics, and benefits of autonomous control are outlined. An autonomous control functional architecture for future space vehicles that incorporates the concepts and characteristics described is presented. The controller is hierarchical, with an execution level (the lowest level), coordination level (middle level), and management and organization level (highest level). The general characteristics of the overall architecture, including those of the three levels, are explained, and an example to illustrate their functions is given. Mathematical models for autonomous systems, including 'logical' discrete event system models, are discussed. An approach to the quantitative, systematic modeling, analysis, and design of autonomous controllers is also discussed. It is a hybrid approach since it uses conventional analysis techniques based on difference and differential equations and new techniques for the analysis of the systems described with a symbolic formalism such as finite automata. Some recent results from the areas of planning and expert systems, machine learning, artificial neural networks, and the area restructurable controls are briefly outlined.

  15. A Primer on Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Design

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    Coppejans, Hugo H. G.; Myburgh, Herman C.

    2015-01-01

    There is a large amount of research currently being done on autonomous micro-aerial vehicles (MAV), such as quadrotor helicopters or quadcopters. The ability to create a working autonomous MAV depends mainly on integrating a simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) solution with the rest of the system. This paper provides an introduction for creating an autonomous MAV for enclosed environments, aimed at students and professionals alike. The standard autonomous system and MAV automation are discussed, while we focus on the core concepts of SLAM systems and trajectory planning algorithms. The advantages and disadvantages of using remote processing are evaluated, and recommendations are made regarding the viability of on-board processing. Recommendations are made regarding best practices to serve as a guideline for aspirant MAV designers. PMID:26633410

  16. A Primer on Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Design.

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    Coppejans, Hugo H G; Myburgh, Herman C

    2015-01-01

    There is a large amount of research currently being done on autonomous micro-aerial vehicles (MAV), such as quadrotor helicopters or quadcopters. The ability to create a working autonomous MAV depends mainly on integrating a simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) solution with the rest of the system. This paper provides an introduction for creating an autonomous MAV for enclosed environments, aimed at students and professionals alike. The standard autonomous system and MAV automation are discussed, while we focus on the core concepts of SLAM systems and trajectory planning algorithms. The advantages and disadvantages of using remote processing are evaluated, and recommendations are made regarding the viability of on-board processing. Recommendations are made regarding best practices to serve as a guideline for aspirant MAV designers. PMID:26633410

  17. Comparative anatomy of the autonomic nervous system.

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    Nilsson, Stefan

    2011-11-16

    This short review aims to point out the general anatomical features of the autonomic nervous systems of non-mammalian vertebrates. In addition it attempts to outline the similarities and also the increased complexity of the autonomic nervous patterns from fish to tetrapods. With the possible exception of the cyclostomes, perhaps the most striking feature of the vertebrate autonomic nervous system is the similarity between the vertebrate classes. An evolution of the complexity of the system can be seen, with the segmental ganglia of elasmobranchs incompletely connected longitudinally, while well developed paired sympathetic chains are present in teleosts and the tetrapods. In some groups the sympathetic chains may be reduced (dipnoans and caecilians), and have yet to be properly described in snakes. Cranial autonomic pathways are present in the oculomotor (III) and vagus (X) nerves of gnathostome fish and the tetrapods, and with the evolution of salivary and lachrymal glands in the tetrapods, also in the facial (VII) and glossopharyngeal (IX) nerves.

  18. A Primer on Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Design

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    Hugo H. G. Coppejans

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available There is a large amount of research currently being done on autonomous micro-aerial vehicles (MAV, such as quadrotor helicopters or quadcopters. The ability to create a working autonomous MAV depends mainly on integrating a simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM solution with the rest of the system. This paper provides an introduction for creating an autonomous MAV for enclosed environments, aimed at students and professionals alike. The standard autonomous system and MAV automation are discussed, while we focus on the core concepts of SLAM systems and trajectory planning algorithms. The advantages and disadvantages of using remote processing are evaluated, and recommendations are made regarding the viability of on-board processing. Recommendations are made regarding best practices to serve as a guideline for aspirant MAV designers.

  19. Autonomic Closure for Large Eddy Simulation

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    King, Ryan; Hamlington, Peter; Dahm, Werner J. A.

    2015-11-01

    A new autonomic subgrid-scale closure has been developed for large eddy simulation (LES). The approach poses a supervised learning problem that captures nonlinear, nonlocal, and nonequilibrium turbulence effects without specifying a predefined turbulence model. By solving a regularized optimization problem on test filter scale quantities, the autonomic approach identifies a nonparametric function that represents the best local relation between subgrid stresses and resolved state variables. The optimized function is then applied at the grid scale to determine unknown LES subgrid stresses by invoking scale similarity in the inertial range. A priori tests of the autonomic approach on homogeneous isotropic turbulence show that the new approach is amenable to powerful optimization and machine learning methods and is successful for a wide range of filter scales in the inertial range. In these a priori tests, the autonomic closure substantially improves upon the dynamic Smagorinsky model in capturing the instantaneous, statistical, and energy transfer properties of the subgrid stress field.

  20. LEO AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION BASED ON IMAGE MOTION

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    DUANFang; LIUJian-ye; YUFeng

    2005-01-01

    A method of LEO autonomous navigation is presented based on the nonlinear satellite velocity relative to the earth. The velocity is detected by a high-speed camera, with the attitude information detected by a star sensor. Compared with traditional autonomous navigation by landmark identification, the satellite velocity relarive to the earth is obtained by correlativity analysis of images. It does not need to recognize ground objects or views. Since it is not necessary to pre-store the database of ground marks, lots of memory space can be saved.The state and observation equations are constructed, and the filtering is processed by the Kalman filter. Simulation results show that the system has high autonomous navigation precision in LEO autonomous navigation.

  1. Cranial Autonomic Symptoms in Pediatric Migraine

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Investigators at the University of California, San Francisco, examined the frequency of cranial autonomic symptoms in all pediatric and adolescent patients with migraine seen in 4 different clinical settings during July 2010 to June 2012.

  2. Rover: Autonomous concepts for Mars exploration

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    Baiget, A.; Castets, B.; Chochon, H.; Hayard, M.; Lamarre, H.; Lamothe, A.

    1993-01-01

    The development of a mobile, autonomous vehicle that will be launched towards an unknown planet is considered. The rover significant constraints are: Ariane 5 compatibility, Earth/Mars transfer capability, 1000 km autonomous moving in Mars environment, on board localization, and maximum science capability. Two different types of subsystem were considered: classical subsystems (mechanical and mechanisms, thermal, telecommunications, power, onboard data processing) and robotics subsystem, (perception/navigation, autonomous displacement generation, autonomous localization). The needs of each subsystem were studied in terms of energy and data handling capability, in order to choose an on board architecture which best use the available capability, by means of specialized parts. A compromise must always be done between every subsystem in order to obtain the real need with respect to the goal, for example: between perception/navigation and the motion capability. A compromise must also be found between mechanical assembly and calibration need, which is a real problem.

  3. Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease.

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    Zesiewicz, Theresa A.; Baker, Matthew J.; Wahba, Mervat; Hauser, Robert A.

    2003-03-01

    Autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction is common in Parkinson's disease (PD), affects 70% to 80% of patients, and causes significant morbidity and discomfort. Autonomic nervous system dysfunction symptoms in PD include sexual dysfunction, swallowing and gastrointestinal disorders, bowel and bladder abnormalities, sleep disturbances, and derangements of cardiovascular regulation, particularly, orthostatic hypotension. Autonomic nervous system dysfunction in PD may be caused by an underlying degenerative process that affects the autonomic ganglia, brainstem nuclei, and hypothalamic nuclei. Anti-parkinsonian medications can cause or worsen symptoms of ANS dysfunction. The care of a PD patient with ANS dysfunction relies on its recognition and directed treatment, including coordinated care between the neurologist and appropriate subspecialist. Pharmacotherapy may be useful to treat orthostasis, gastrointestinal, urinary, and sexual dysfunction.

  4. Autonomic html interface generator for web applications

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    Bassil, Youssef; 10.5121/ijwest.2012.3104

    2012-01-01

    Recent advances in computing systems have led to a new digital era in which every area of life is nearly interrelated with information technology. However, with the trend towards large-scale IT systems, a new challenge has emerged. The complexity of IT systems is becoming an obstacle that hampers the manageability, operability, and maintainability of modern computing infrastructures. Autonomic computing popped up to provide an answer to these ever-growing pitfalls. Fundamentally, autonomic systems are self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing, and self-protecting; hence, they can automate all complex IT processes without human intervention. This paper proposes an autonomic HTML web-interface generator based on XML Schema and Style Sheet specifications for self-configuring graphical user interfaces of web applications. The goal of this autonomic generator is to automate the process of customizing GUI web-interfaces according to the ever-changing business rules, policies, and operating environment with th...

  5. AGATE: Autonomous Go and Touch Exploration Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The innovation (AGATE, for Autonomous Go And Touch Exploration) will enable single-sol "go and touch" instrument placement from distances of up to five meters for...

  6. Autonomic contributions to empathy: evidence from patients with primary autonomic failure.

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    Chauhan, Bina; Mathias, Christopher J; Critchley, Hugo D

    2008-06-01

    Empathy for the emotions of others may require simulatory engagement of corresponding autonomic arousal states. We tested the hypothesis that disruption of autonomic control impairs the ability to empathize emotionally with others. Fifteen patients with primary autonomic failure showed attenuated scores on the Mehrabian Balanced Emotional Empathy Scale (BEES), compared to both younger and older controls. This effect was not accounted for by age, gender, mood state or functional disability. These early observations provide preliminary evidence for a direct contribution of autonomic responsivity to the 'higher-order' social cognitive process of empathy, and may inform the dynamics of supportive care.

  7. Semi-Autonomous Vehicle Project

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    Stewart, Christopher

    2016-01-01

    The primary objective this summer is "evaluating standards for wireless architecture for the internet of things". The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity which enables these objects to collect and exchange data and make decisions based on said data. This was accomplished by creating a semi-autonomous vehicle that takes advantage of multiple sensors, cameras, and onboard computers and combined them with a mesh network which enabled communication across large distances with little to no interruption. The mesh network took advantage of what is known as DTN - Disruption Tolerant Networking which according to NASA is the new communications protocol that is "the first step towards interplanetary internet." The use of DTN comes from the fact that it will store information if an interruption in communications is detected and even forward that information via other relays within range so that the data is not lost. This translates well into the project because as the car moves further away from whatever is sending it commands (in this case a joystick), the information can still be forwarded to the car with little to no loss of information thanks to the mesh nodes around the driving area.

  8. Autonomic dysregulation in headache patients.

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    Gass, Jason J; Glaros, Alan G

    2013-12-01

    To analyze autonomic nervous system activity in headache subjects, measurements of heart rate variability (HRV), skin temperature, skin conductance, and respiration were compared to a matched control group. HRV data were recorded in time and frequency domains. Subjects also completed self-report questionnaires assessing psychological distress, fatigue, and sleep dysfunction. Twenty-one headache and nineteen control subjects participated. In the time domain, the number of consecutive R-to-R intervals that varied by more than 50 ms and the standard deviation of the normalized R-to-R intervals, both indices of parasympathetic nervous system activity, were significantly lower in the headache group than the control group. Groups did not differ statistically on HRV measures in the frequency domain. Self-report measures showed significantly increased somatization, hostility, anxiety, symptom distress, fatigue, and sleep problems in the headache group. The results suggest headache subjects have increased sympathetic nervous system activity and decreased parasympathetic activity compared to non-headache control subjects. Headaches subjects also showed greater emotional distress, fatigue, and sleep problems. The results indicate an association between headaches and cardiovascular functioning suggestive of sympathetic nervous system activation in this sample of mixed migraine and tension-type headache sufferers. PMID:23912525

  9. Autonomous Systems Developments and Trends

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    Kyamaky, Kyandoghere; Kacprzyk, Janusz

    2012-01-01

    The Workshops on Autonomous Systems emanated from a gathering with the doctoral students of just three chairs at Fernuniversität in Hagen, which we organise twice per year for a number of years now. Their purpose is to discuss on-going research and to create a community spirit. Furthermore, they serve as a means of structuring the students' research processes. The workshop has grown and matured in several respects. The doctoral students presenting their work do not come from a single university anymore, but from three. Besides them and their supervisors, also other scientists became interested in the event and contribute to its programme. Following the model of Advanced Study Institutes, they are available on the premises for relaxed, informal discussions outside the formal sessions. Finally, with the co-sponsorship of Gesellschaft für Informatik, the German Computer Society, and this surprisingly comprehensive volume of contributions published by Springer-Verlag the workshop turned into a visible scientifi...

  10. Autonomous intelligent cruise control system

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    Baret, Marc; Bomer, Thierry T.; Calesse, C.; Dudych, L.; L'Hoist, P.

    1995-01-01

    Autonomous intelligent cruise control (AICC) systems are not only controlling vehicles' speed but acting on the throttle and eventually on the brakes they could automatically maintain the relative speed and distance between two vehicles in the same lane. And more than just for comfort it appears that these new systems should improve the safety on highways. By applying a technique issued from the space research carried out by MATRA, a sensor based on a charge coupled device (CCD) was designed to acquire the reflected light on standard-mounted car reflectors of pulsed laser diodes emission. The CCD is working in a unique mode called flash during transfer (FDT) which allows identification of target patterns in severe optical environments. It provides high accuracy for distance and angular position of targets. The absence of moving mechanical parts ensures high reliability for this sensor. The large field of view and the high measurement rate give a global situation assessment and a short reaction time. Then, tracking and filtering algorithms have been developed in order to select the target, on which the equipped vehicle determines its safety distance and speed, taking into account its maneuvering and the behaviors of other vehicles.

  11. Mechanical Autonomous Stochastic Heat Engine

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    Serra-Garcia, Marc; Foehr, André; Molerón, Miguel; Lydon, Joseph; Chong, Christopher; Daraio, Chiara

    2016-07-01

    Stochastic heat engines are devices that generate work from random thermal motion using a small number of highly fluctuating degrees of freedom. Proposals for such devices have existed for more than a century and include the Maxwell demon and the Feynman ratchet. Only recently have they been demonstrated experimentally, using, e.g., thermal cycles implemented in optical traps. However, recent experimental demonstrations of classical stochastic heat engines are nonautonomous, since they require an external control system that prescribes a heating and cooling cycle and consume more energy than they produce. We present a heat engine consisting of three coupled mechanical resonators (two ribbons and a cantilever) subject to a stochastic drive. The engine uses geometric nonlinearities in the resonating ribbons to autonomously convert a random excitation into a low-entropy, nonpassive oscillation of the cantilever. The engine presents the anomalous heat transport property of negative thermal conductivity, consisting in the ability to passively transfer energy from a cold reservoir to a hot reservoir.

  12. Environmental data collection using autonomous Wave Gliders

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    Hermsdorfer, Kathryn M.

    2014-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited The Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft (SHARC), also known as Wave Glider, is an autonomous ocean vehicle powered by wave motion. This slow-moving platform makes long-term deployments and environmental data collection feasible, especially in data sparse regions or hazardous environments. The standard SHARC hosts a meteorological station (Airmar PB200) that samples air pressure, temperature, wind speed and wind direction at 1.12 m. ...

  13. A middleware architecture for autonomic software deployment

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    Matougui, Mohamed El Amine; LERICHE, Sébastien

    2012-01-01

    International audience Autonomic software deployment in open networked environments such as mobile and ad hoc networks is an open issue. Some solutions to software deployment exist; but, they are usable only within static topologies of devices. We propose a middleware architecture providing a constraint-based language guiding the deployment process at a high level and an autonomous agent-based system for establishing and maintaining a software deployment according to a deployment plan. Con...

  14. Decentralized Coordination of Autonomous Vehicles at intersections

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    Makarem, Laleh; Gillet, Denis

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, the decentralized coordination of point-mass autonomous vehicles at intersections using navigation functions is considered. As main contribution, the inertia of the vehicles is taken into account to enable on-board energy optimization for crossing. In such a way, heavier vehicles that need more energy and time for acceleration or breaking are given an indirect priority at intersections. The proposed decentralized coordination scheme of autonomous vehicles at intersection is com...

  15. Omnidirectional Stereo Vision for Autonomous Vehicles

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    Schönbein, Miriam

    2014-01-01

    Environment perception with cameras is an important requirement for many applications for autonomous vehicles and robots. This work presents a stereoscopic omnidirectional camera system for autonomous vehicles which resolves the problem of a limited field of view and provides a 360° panoramic view of the environment. We present a new projection model for these cameras and show that the camera setup overcomes major drawbacks of traditional perspective cameras in many applications.

  16. TRIDENT: A Framework for Autonomous Underwater Intervention

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    Sanz Valero, Pedro José; Ridao, Pere; Oliver, Gabriel; Melchiorri, Claudio; Casalino, Giuseppe; Silvestre, Carlos; Petillot, Yvan; Turetta, Alessio

    2011-01-01

    TRIDENT is a STREP project recently approved by the European Commission whose proposal was submitted to the ICT call 4 of the 7th Framework Program. The project proposes a new methodology for multipurpose underwater intervention tasks. To that end, a cooperative team formed with an Autonomous Surface Craft and an Intervention Autonomous Underwater Vehicle will be used. The proposed methodology splits the mission in two stages mainly devoted to survey and intervention tasks, res...

  17. Visual navigation for an autonomous mobile vehicle

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    1992-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited Image understanding for a mobile robotic vehicle is an important and complex task for ensuring safe navigation and extended autonomous operations. The goal of this work is to implement a working vision-based navigation control mechanism within a known environment onboard the autonomous mobile vehicle Yamabico-II. Although installing a working hardware system was not accomplished, the image processing, model description, pattern match...

  18. Automated cartography by an autonomous mobile robot

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    1999-01-01

    The major goal of this thesis was to create a map of a room by an autonomous mobile robot using the robot's internal odometry measurements and ultrasonic sensors. Yamabico, an autonomous mobile robot, will be controlled by Model-based Mobile robot Language (MML). The research for this thesis included the development of an algorithm to use information from the line-fitting capability of MML. It also included research about the inherent errors that are incurred using sonar for precise measureme...

  19. Control of the MARES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

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    Bruno Ferreira; Miguel Pinto; Anibal Matos; Nuno Cruz

    2009-01-01

    This paper focuses the control problem of a nonholonomic autonomous underwater vehicle, moving in the tridimensional space. The dynamic of a body in submarine environments is strongly nonlinear. This implies that classical linear controllers are often inadequate whereby Lyapunov theory is here considered. Methods based in this theory are promising tools to design controllers and are applied to the case of MARES, a small-sized autonomous underwater vehicle. Several controllers based only on Ly...

  20. Autonomous vehicle development for vertical submarine observation

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    Gomáriz Castro, Spartacus; Prat Tasias, Jordi; Arbós, Alejandro; Viñolo Monzoncillo, Carlos; Pallares, Oriol

    2009-01-01

    This work proposes the development of an ocean observation vehicle. This vehicle, a hybrid between Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) moves on the surface of the sea and makes vertical immersions to obtain the profiles of a water column according to a pre-established plan. Its design provides lower production cost and higher efficiency. GPS navigation allows the platform to move along the surface of the water while a radio-modem provid...

  1. Operations on Rigid Formations of Autonomous Agents

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    Eren, Tolga; Anderson, Brian D. O.; Morse, A. Stephen; Whiteley, Walter; Belhumeur, Peter N.

    2003-01-01

    This paper is concerned with the maintenance of rigid formations of mobile autonomous agents. A key element in all future multi-agent systems will be the role of sensor and communication networks as an integral part of coordination. Network topologies are critically important for autonomous systems involving mobile underwater, ground and air vehicles and for sensor networks. This paper focuses on developing techniques and strategies for the analysis and design of sensor a...

  2. Autonomous control systems - Architecture and fundamental issues

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    Antsaklis, P. J.; Passino, K. M.; Wang, S. J.

    1988-01-01

    A hierarchical functional autonomous controller architecture is introduced. In particular, the architecture for the control of future space vehicles is described in detail; it is designed to ensure the autonomous operation of the control system and it allows interaction with the pilot and crew/ground station, and the systems on board the autonomous vehicle. The fundamental issues in autonomous control system modeling and analysis are discussed. It is proposed to utilize a hybrid approach to modeling and analysis of autonomous systems. This will incorporate conventional control methods based on differential equations and techniques for the analysis of systems described with a symbolic formalism. In this way, the theory of conventional control can be fully utilized. It is stressed that autonomy is the design requirement and intelligent control methods appear at present, to offer some of the necessary tools to achieve autonomy. A conventional approach may evolve and replace some or all of the `intelligent' functions. It is shown that in addition to conventional controllers, the autonomous control system incorporates planning, learning, and FDI (fault detection and identification).

  3. Advancing Autonomous Operations for Deep Space Vehicles

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    Haddock, Angie T.; Stetson, Howard K.

    2014-01-01

    Starting in Jan 2012, the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Autonomous Mission Operations (AMO) Project began to investigate the ability to create and execute "single button" crew initiated autonomous activities [1]. NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) designed and built a fluid transfer hardware test-bed to use as a sub-system target for the investigations of intelligent procedures that would command and control a fluid transfer test-bed, would perform self-monitoring during fluid transfers, detect anomalies and faults, isolate the fault and recover the procedures function that was being executed, all without operator intervention. In addition to the development of intelligent procedures, the team is also exploring various methods for autonomous activity execution where a planned timeline of activities are executed autonomously and also the initial analysis of crew procedure development. This paper will detail the development of intelligent procedures for the NASA MSFC Autonomous Fluid Transfer System (AFTS) as well as the autonomous plan execution capabilities being investigated. Manned deep space missions, with extreme communication delays with Earth based assets, presents significant challenges for what the on-board procedure content will encompass as well as the planned execution of the procedures.

  4. y las comunicaciones

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    Lucio Fuentelsaz

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (TIC están en todas partes incluso en las estadísticas de productividad. Esta afirmación, a modo de antítesis de la proposición formulada por el premio Nobel Robert Solow, constituye el punto de partida de este trabajo que se enmarca dentro de una corriente de investigación que ha sido objeto de abundantes estudios en los últimos años y cuyo propósito fundamental es analizar los determinantes de la relación entre la inversión en TIC y las mejoras en la productividad empresarial.

  5. las relaciones interpersonales

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    Juan Gabriel Gómez Albarello

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En este ensayo discuto el efecto que han tenido las filtraciones realizadas por WikiLeaks en las relaciones internacionales y en las relaciones interpersonales. Sostengo que Wikileaks motivará a muchos a continuar con la práctica de tales filtraciones y que esa motivación proviene de la justificación de esa práctica en dos conjuntos de valores: la ética del hacker y los valores democráticos. También afirmo que el efecto de esas filtraciones puede causar un impacto profundo en la esfera de la cultura puesto que la evaluación de la conducta de los estadistas se realiza usualmente mediante de analogías basadas en la experiencia interpersonal. Luego de presentar argumentos en favor de decir la verdad en las relaciones personales, concluyo destacando la forma como se engranan varios tipos de argumentos.

  6. Aviso para las viudas.

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    Francisco de Sales

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available San Pablo instruye todos los prelados en la persona de su Timoteo, diciendo: «Honra las viudas que son verdaderamente viudas». Para ser, pues, verdaderamente viuda, son necesarias estas cosas

  7. Las competencias laborales

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    Mucci, Ottorino Oscar

    2001-01-01

    Las tradicionales formas de calificar al personal, desde el punto de vista del empleo, han sufrido modificaciones sustanciales en los últimos tiempos. Por ello, en este trabajo se intenta -sin desechar totalmente anteriores métodos- mostrar nuevos paradigmas que implican una visualización más abarcativa y profunda entendida como premisa para determinar no solo el potencial del empleado sino también las posibilidades de éxito en su desarrollo individual y colectivo.

  8. [Autonomic dysfunction syndrome and diabetic cardiac autonomic neuropathy in children with diabetes mellitus type I. The correction method].

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    Manukian, V Iu; Bolotova, N V; Aver'ianov, A P; Filina, N Iu; Raĭgorodskiĭ, Iu M

    2011-01-01

    We assessed the state of the autonomic nervous system in 90 children with diabetes mellitus type I. The autonomic dysfunction syndrome was found in 58,9% and diabetic cardiac autonomic neuropathy in 28,9% of patients. We revealed the high risk of the development of diabetic cardiac autonomic neuropathy in children with diabetes mellitus type I in the presence of the autonomic dysfunction syndrome. It has been shown that the early treatment of functional disturbances of the autonomic nervous system using transcranial magnetic stimulation is necessary to prevent the manifestation of diabetic cardiac autonomic neuropathy.

  9. Compact Autonomous Hemispheric Vision System

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    Pingree, Paula J.; Cunningham, Thomas J.; Werne, Thomas A.; Eastwood, Michael L.; Walch, Marc J.; Staehle, Robert L.

    2012-01-01

    Solar System Exploration camera implementations to date have involved either single cameras with wide field-of-view (FOV) and consequently coarser spatial resolution, cameras on a movable mast, or single cameras necessitating rotation of the host vehicle to afford visibility outside a relatively narrow FOV. These cameras require detailed commanding from the ground or separate onboard computers to operate properly, and are incapable of making decisions based on image content that control pointing and downlink strategy. For color, a filter wheel having selectable positions was often added, which added moving parts, size, mass, power, and reduced reliability. A system was developed based on a general-purpose miniature visible-light camera using advanced CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) imager technology. The baseline camera has a 92 FOV and six cameras are arranged in an angled-up carousel fashion, with FOV overlaps such that the system has a 360 FOV (azimuth). A seventh camera, also with a FOV of 92 , is installed normal to the plane of the other 6 cameras giving the system a > 90 FOV in elevation and completing the hemispheric vision system. A central unit houses the common electronics box (CEB) controlling the system (power conversion, data processing, memory, and control software). Stereo is achieved by adding a second system on a baseline, and color is achieved by stacking two more systems (for a total of three, each system equipped with its own filter.) Two connectors on the bottom of the CEB provide a connection to a carrier (rover, spacecraft, balloon, etc.) for telemetry, commands, and power. This system has no moving parts. The system's onboard software (SW) supports autonomous operations such as pattern recognition and tracking.

  10. Improved autonomous star identification algorithm

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    Luo, Li-Yan; Xu, Lu-Ping; Zhang, Hua; Sun, Jing-Rong

    2015-06-01

    The log-polar transform (LPT) is introduced into the star identification because of its rotation invariance. An improved autonomous star identification algorithm is proposed in this paper to avoid the circular shift of the feature vector and to reduce the time consumed in the star identification algorithm using LPT. In the proposed algorithm, the star pattern of the same navigation star remains unchanged when the stellar image is rotated, which makes it able to reduce the star identification time. The logarithmic values of the plane distances between the navigation and its neighbor stars are adopted to structure the feature vector of the navigation star, which enhances the robustness of star identification. In addition, some efforts are made to make it able to find the identification result with fewer comparisons, instead of searching the whole feature database. The simulation results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm can effectively accelerate the star identification. Moreover, the recognition rate and robustness by the proposed algorithm are better than those by the LPT algorithm and the modified grid algorithm. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61172138 and 61401340), the Open Research Fund of the Academy of Satellite Application, China (Grant No. 2014_CXJJ-DH_12), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant Nos. JB141303 and 201413B), the Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2013JQ8040), the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20130203120004), and the Xi’an Science and Technology Plan, China (Grant. No CXY1350(4)).

  11. Autonomous and autonomic systems with applications to NASA intelligent spacecraft operations and exploration systems

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    Truszkowski, Walt; Rouff, Christopher; Karlin, Jay; Rash, James; Hinchey, Michael; Sterritt, Roy

    2009-01-01

    This book provides an in-depth discussion of autonomous and autonomic systems, their interdependencies, differences and similarities. Current and pending issues in these evermore increasingly important subjects are highlighted and discussed. Concepts, ideas and experiences are explored in relation to real-life NASA systems in spacecraft control and in the exploration domain.

  12. Supervised autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery.

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    Shademan, Azad; Decker, Ryan S; Opfermann, Justin D; Leonard, Simon; Krieger, Axel; Kim, Peter C W

    2016-05-01

    The current paradigm of robot-assisted surgeries (RASs) depends entirely on an individual surgeon's manual capability. Autonomous robotic surgery-removing the surgeon's hands-promises enhanced efficacy, safety, and improved access to optimized surgical techniques. Surgeries involving soft tissue have not been performed autonomously because of technological limitations, including lack of vision systems that can distinguish and track the target tissues in dynamic surgical environments and lack of intelligent algorithms that can execute complex surgical tasks. We demonstrate in vivo supervised autonomous soft tissue surgery in an open surgical setting, enabled by a plenoptic three-dimensional and near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) imaging system and an autonomous suturing algorithm. Inspired by the best human surgical practices, a computer program generates a plan to complete complex surgical tasks on deformable soft tissue, such as suturing and intestinal anastomosis. We compared metrics of anastomosis-including the consistency of suturing informed by the average suture spacing, the pressure at which the anastomosis leaked, the number of mistakes that required removing the needle from the tissue, completion time, and lumen reduction in intestinal anastomoses-between our supervised autonomous system, manual laparoscopic surgery, and clinically used RAS approaches. Despite dynamic scene changes and tissue movement during surgery, we demonstrate that the outcome of supervised autonomous procedures is superior to surgery performed by expert surgeons and RAS techniques in ex vivo porcine tissues and in living pigs. These results demonstrate the potential for autonomous robots to improve the efficacy, consistency, functional outcome, and accessibility of surgical techniques. PMID:27147588

  13. Autonomía universitaria. El jus abutendi de un concepto

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    J. Raúl Domínguez Martínez

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available El autor presenta como objeto de análisis el significado histórico-jurídico de la autonomía en la Universidad Nacional, partiendo de la idea de que es en esta institución, donde el Estado establece y aplica las directrices generales sobre la educación superior. Asimismo, analiza tres momentos definitivos, cuando se edifica la Ciudad Universitaria, durante el movimiento estudiantil del 68 y el momento actual, en los que se da un reajuste del contenido concreto de la autonomía. Hoy, cuando se ha agotado el patrón de desarrollo que dio origen a la Universidad Nacional, ésta se encuentra emplazada a su redefinición

  14. social de las empresas

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    José Luis Lizcano Álvarez

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available La Responsabilidad Social Corporativa se encuentra entre los principales temas del pensamiento empresarial y necesita de la crítica y el debate para afianzar su estructura, alcanzando así la coherencia necesaria. Repasando algunos reproches que se hacen a la RSC como teoría empresarial, se trata de mostrar cual es el error que en ellos se encuentra y porque no restan valor a las raíces de la responsabilidad social corporativa. Seguidamente, se expondrá algunos principios básicos del sistema, tratando de detallar las oportunidades que ofrece la responsabilidad social de la empresa al capitalismo futuro como elemento creativo y dinamizador. Además, se ofrece una visión de como la responsabilidad social corporativa puede implicar ganancias en libertad, flexibilidad y eficiencia para el conjunto de la sociedad si se orienta hacia una nueva forma de entender las relaciones entre el Estado y el sector privado con implicaciones sobre el gasto público y la carga fiscal. La propuesta de este artículo pretende abrirse camino entre las diversas aportaciones que están surgiendo en torno al desarrollo y la implantación del modelo de empresa socialmente responsable. Las conclusiones señaladas representan también el inicio de futuras líneas de trabajo de carácter técnico y empírico.

  15. La "etnicidad marginal" de las comunas de la península de Santa Elena, Ecuador

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    Martín Bazurco

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Las comunas de la Península de Santa Elena representan la continuidad histórica de las antiguas jefaturas Manteño - Huancavilcas. Estas comunas han logrado mantener el control de su territorio y una relativa autonomía socio-económica a lo largo de todo el período colonial y republicano, poniendo en práctica diversas estrategias de articulación con la sociedad dominante. Sin embargo, la supervivencia de estas comunidades se debate, hoy en día, entre las agresiones extemas a su temitodo, y su "etnicidad marginal" que las excluye del marco constitucional ecuatoriano destinado a la protección de los tenitorios étnicos. A continuación se analiza el proceso de resignificación de la diversidad al que están abocadas las comunas de la PSE.

  16. La autonomía contractual como sustento para la coexistencia de registros marcarios en Colombia

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    Yira López Castro

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available En sistemas marcarios, como el de la Comunidad Andina, una autoridad estatal verifica que las marcas sean distintivas, lícitas y no afecten a terceros, y, luego de ello, concede su titularidad. En este contexto, ha suscitado un especial interés la posibilidad de que, mediante acuerdos o declaraciones de coexistencia, sean los particulares los que aseguren que sus signos cumplen las condiciones para obtener registros simultáneos.Tales negocios jurídicos para la coexistencia de marcas resultan problemáticos si se piensa que los titulares estarían disponiendo de intereses que parecen importar también a los consumidores, competidores y al mercado.Por lo tanto, precisar el margen de libertad contractual en el ámbito del derecho marcario, cuyas normas son consideradas de orden público, adquiere importancia práctica y teórica, puesto que su concreción i reconoce los riesgos cuya evaluación puede ser relevante al negociar los acuerdos y ii contribuye a los debates sobre el papel de la autonomía privada en aquellos ámbitos reservados para normasinderogables. Así, esta investigación sitúa las declaraciones de consentimiento para la coexistencia de registros en Colombia en un cuadro más amplio, el de los límites de la autonomía contractual.

  17. De las autonomías a la pluralidad de las repúblicas: ¿destino ineluctable?

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    Germán A. de la Reza

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo analiza la fragmentación de Hispanoamérica en una pluralidad de países luego de su Independencia. Con ese fin toma en consideración ocho factores o niveles de causación, entre administrativos, económicos y políticos. Sus secciones buscan sustanciar la hipótesis del carácter sistémico y multifinal de la desintegración de la antigua Colonia española.

  18. Cutaneous autonomic denervation in Parkinson's disease.

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    Navarro-Otano, Judith; Casanova-Mollà, Jordi; Morales, Merche; Valls-Solé, Josep; Tolosa, Eduard

    2015-08-01

    Numerous studies have detailed involvement of the peripheral autonomic nervous system (PANS) in Parkinson's disease (PD). We assessed autonomic innervation of dermal annexes through quantitative fluorescence measurement from skin obtained via punch biopsies at distal leg region in PD and control subjects. We defined a ratio between the area corresponding to protein gen product (PGP) immunoreactivity and the area corresponding to blood vessel or sweat gland as a quantitative measure of autonomic innervation. Presence of alpha-synuclein (AS) deposits in dermis and hypodermis was also assessed by immunohistochemistry. Skin biopsies form six PD patients and six healthy controls were studied. Autonomic innervation scores were lower in PD than in controls in both blood vessels and sweat glands. No AS or phosphorylated AS (pAS) immunoreactivity was detected in dermis or hypodermis in any of the studied subjects. The results of this investigation suggest that autonomic innervation of dermal annexes in living patients with PD is reduced compared to controls. AS or pAS deposits were not found in dermis or hypodermis suggesting that distal leg skin study is not useful for in vivo detection of AS in PD.

  19. Cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in Parkinson's disease.

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    Ziemssen, Tjalf; Reichmann, Heinz

    2010-02-15

    Symptoms of cardiovascular dysautonomia are a common occurrence in Parkinson's disease (PD). In addition to this dysautonomia as part of PD itself, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) can be triggered as a side-effect of drug treatment interacting with the ANS or - if prominent and early - an indication of a different disease such as multiple system atrophy (MSA). Various diagnostic tests are available to demonstrate autonomic failure. While autonomic function tests can differentiate parasympathetic from sympathetic dysfunction, cardiac imaging can define the pathophysiologically involved site of a lesion. Standard tests such as 24-h ambulatory blood pressure measurements can identify significant autonomic failure which needs treatment. The most frequent and disturbing symptom of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction is orthostatic hypotension. Symptoms include generalized weakness, light-headiness, mental "clouding" up to syncope. Factors like heat, food, alcohol, exercise, activities which increase intrathoraric pressure (e.g. defecation, coughing) and certain drugs (e.g. vasodilators) can worsen a probably asymptomatic orthostatic hypotension. Non-medical and medical therapies can help the patient to cope with a disabling symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. Supine hypertension is often associated with orthostatic hypotension. The prognostic role of cardiovagal and baroreflex dysfunction is still not yet known.

  20. Autonomous Learning and Improving Communicative Competence

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    李宝红; 孙晓黎

    2013-01-01

    Nowadays, English as a world language becomes more and more important. Consequently, English learning becomes more and more popular. As we know, an important object for English learners is to improve their communicative competence. So autonomous learning is a good way to improve communicative competence. In this paper, two terms, autonomous learning and communicative competence, and their relationship will be introduced from the perspective of English learning. Autonomous learning is self-managed learning, which is contrary to passive learning and mechanical learning, according to intrinsic property of language learning. Communicative competence is a concept introduced by Dell Hymes and is discussed and refined by many oth⁃er linguists. According to Hymes, communicative competence is the ability not only to apply the grammatical rules of language in order to form grammatically correct sentences but also to know when and where to use these sentences and to whom. Communi⁃cative competence includes 4 aspects: Possibility, feasibility, appropriateness and performance. Improving communicative compe⁃tence is the result of autonomous learning, autonomous learning is the motivation of improving communicative competence. English, of course, is a bridge connecting China to the world, and fostering students’communicative competence through auton⁃omous learning is the vital element of improving English learning in China.

  1. Las sirenas de Sarhua

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    Luis Millones

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo es producto de una investigación sobre uno de los motivos más llamativos y recurrentes en las Tablas de Sarhua: la sirena.Realizamos una aproximación a este motivo, que originalmente aparece en la literatura clásica occidental, con la finalidad de explicar las razones de su presencia en el arte andino. Para tal efecto transcribimos algunos testimoniosque, desde una cosmovisión netamente andina, dan cuenta de una serie de creencias vinculadas con el ámbito musical, en el que las sirenas juegan un papel central.Palabras claves: Tablas de Sarhua, sirena, arte andino, música andina.

  2. Las nuevas masculinidades positivas

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    Antonio Boscán Leal

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    Full Text Available El presente estudio analiza la influencia de los avances de las mujeres en los cambios que han alterado la vida de los varones y su definición de la masculinidad. Estos cambios se expresan en el desarrollo de nuevas manifestaciones de la masculinidad, algunas de las cuales, por su carácter no sexista y no homofóbico, son catalogadas como positivas. Los rasgos de estas nuevas manifestaciones positivas de la masculinidad han sido perfilados por diferentes estudiosas y estudiosos, y aquí han sido reunidos para elaborar una concepción amplia y plural de la masculinidad, que refleje esas nuevas y múltiples formas positivas de manifestarse la misma. El problema es saber si las mujeres y sobre todo los varones están dispuestos a asumir una nueva concepción de la masculinidad como la que aquí se propone.

  3. Planes de área en matemáticas y autonomía escolar: un estudio de casos

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    Restrepo, Ángela M.; Gómez, Pedro

    2011-01-01

    AUTONOMÍA ESCOLAR Y PLANIFICACIÓN EN MATEMÁTICAS La autonomía escolar se estableció en Colombia en 1994, con la intención de que las instituciones educativas adaptaran el currículo a su contexto. Como consecuencia, instituciones y profesores se hicieron responsables del diseño curricular en todas las áreas, con la guía de lineamientos curriculares publicados por el gobierno. Estos diseños curriculares que se plasman en el plan de área. En este trabajo caracterizamos los planes de área...

  4. Capitulo dos. Las licencias

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    Aliprandi, Simone

    2014-01-01

    1. Principios básicos En primer lugar, para evitar caer en los errores más comunes acerca de las licencias Creative Commons, tenemos que establecer los principios que son válidos para todas las licencias de contenido abierto. 1.1. Una definición de "licencia de derechos de autor" Una licencia de derecho de autor es un instrumento jurídico con el que el titular de los derechos de autor regla el uso y la distribución de su trabajo. Por lo tanto, se trata de una herramienta de derecho civil que ...

  5. Analizar las interacciones virtuales

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    Luis Gómez Encinas

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este artículo es abordar una serie de cuestiones relacionadas con las interacciones virtuales. En concreto, nos centraremos en el IRC, los comúnmente llamados chats, para a partir de una crítica a ciertos posicionamientos analíticos, expresar la necesidad de indagar en esa faceta del ciberespacio desde el punto de vista de las relaciones sociales. Nuevas relaciones sociales, que acontecen en un espacio nuevo, y que por tanto se desarrollan bajo reglas y motivaciones que desbordan los viejos esquemas de observación.

  6. Elements of Autonomous Self-Reconfigurable Robots

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    In this thesis, we study several central elements of autonomous self-reconfigurable modular robots. Unlike conventional robots such robots are: i) Modular, since robots are assembled from numerous robotic modules. ii) Reconfigurable, since the modules can be combined in a variety of ways. iii) Self......-reconfigurable, since the modules themselves are able to change how they are combined. iv) Autonomous, since robots control themselves without human guidance. Such robots are attractive to study since they in theory have several desirable characteristics, such as versatility, reliability and cheapness. In practice...... however, it is challenging to realize such characteristics since state-of-the-art systems and solutions suffer from several inherent technical and theoretical problems and limitations. In this thesis, we address these challenges by exploring four central elements of autonomous self-reconfigurable modular...

  7. A Collaborative Knowledge Plane for Autonomic Networks

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    Mbaye, Maïssa; Krief, Francine

    Autonomic networking aims to give network components self-managing capabilities. Several autonomic architectures have been proposed. Each of these architectures includes sort of a knowledge plane which is very important to mimic an autonomic behavior. Knowledge plane has a central role for self-functions by providing suitable knowledge to equipment and needs to learn new strategies for more accuracy.However, defining knowledge plane's architecture is still a challenge for researchers. Specially, defining the way cognitive supports interact each other in knowledge plane and implementing them. Decision making process depends on these interactions between reasoning and learning parts of knowledge plane. In this paper we propose a knowledge plane's architecture based on machine learning (inductive logic programming) paradigm and situated view to deal with distributed environment. This architecture is focused on two self-functions that include all other self-functions: self-adaptation and self-organization. Study cases are given and implemented.

  8. An Autonomous Reference Frame for Relativistic GNSS

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    Kostić, Uroš; Carloni, Sante; Delva, Pacôme; Gomboc, Andreja

    2014-01-01

    Current GNSS systems rely on global reference frames which are fixed to the Earth (via the ground stations) so their precision and stability in time are limited by our knowledge of the Earth dynamics. These drawbacks could be avoided by giving to the constellation of satellites the possibility of constituting by itself a primary and autonomous positioning system, without any a priori realization of a terrestrial reference frame. Our work shows that it is possible to construct such a system, an Autonomous Basis of Coordinates, via emission coordinates. Here we present the idea of the Autonomous Basis of Coordinates and its implementation in the perturbed space-time of Earth, where the motion of satellites, light propagation, and gravitational perturbations are treated in the formalism of general relativity.

  9. Autonomic dysfunction in chronic liver disease

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    Frith J

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available James Frith, Julia L NewtonNIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing, Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UKAbstract: It is becoming increasingly clear that quality of life (QOL is impaired in those with chronic liver disease (CLD. One of the most important contributors to impaired QOL is the symptomatic burden which can range from slight to debilitating. Autonomic dysfunction accounts for a significant proportion of these symptoms, which can be common, non-specific and challenging to treat. Investigating the autonomic nervous system can be straight forward and can assist the clinician to diagnose and treat specific symptoms. Evidence-based treatment options for autonomic symptoms, specifically in CLD, can be lacking and must be extrapolated from other studies and expert opinion. For those with severely impaired quality of life, liver transplantation may offer an improvement; however, more research is needed to confirm this.Keywords: quality of life, treatment, fatigue, angiotensin II

  10. Enhanced mission performance from autonomous instrument guidance

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    Jørgensen, John Leif; Jørgensen, Peter Siegbjørn; Betto, Maurizio;

    2006-01-01

    During the last decade improvements in electronics, on-board processing power and software design has lead to significant advances in the development of autonomous instrumentation for spacecraft use. The Advanced Stellar Compass (ASC) and the newly developed micro-ASC (mu ASC) are excellent...... and power consumption makes the mu ASC an ideal instrument for small, high yielding satellite missions. The ASC has hitherto been used by the satellite AOCS and the high accuracy scientific instrument for attitude recovery (among others onboard ORSTED, CHAMP, and GRACE), and satellite high accuracy target...... acquisition and pointing (PROBA). Here three applications of the mu ASC as an autonomous onboard precision guide for precision vector instrumentation are presented. These are autonomous onboard antenna guidance, telescope guidance and tracking and high accuracy and wide range laser rangers....

  11. Autonomous driving technical, legal and social aspects

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    Gerdes, J; Lenz, Barbara; Winner, Hermann

    2016-01-01

    This book takes a look at fully automated, autonomous vehicles and discusses many open questions: How can autonomous vehicles be integrated into the current transportation system with diverse users and human drivers? Where do automated vehicles fall under current legal frameworks? What risks are associated with automation and how will society respond to these risks? How will the marketplace react to automated vehicles and what changes may be necessary for companies? Experts from Germany and the United States define key societal, engineering, and mobility issues related to the automation of vehicles. They discuss the decisions programmers of automated vehicles must make to enable vehicles to perceive their environment, interact with other road users, and choose actions that may have ethical consequences. The authors further identify expectations and concerns that will form the basis for individual and societal acceptance of autonomous driving. While the safety benefits of such vehicles are tremendous, the auth...

  12. Autonomous forward inference via DNA computing

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    Fu Yan; Li Gen; Li Yin; Meng Dazhi

    2007-01-01

    Recent studies direct the researchers into building DNA computing machines with intelligence, which is measured by three main points: autonomous, programmable and able to learn and adapt. Logical inference plays an important role in programmable information processing or computing. Here we present a new method to perform autonomous molecular forward inference for expert system.A novel repetitive recognition site (RRS) technique is invented to design rule-molecules in knowledge base. The inference engine runs autonomously by digesting the rule-molecule, using a Class ⅡB restriction enzyme PpiⅠ. Concentration model has been built to show the feasibility of the inference process under ideal chemical reaction conditions. Moreover, we extend to implement a triggering communication between molecular automata, as a further application of the RRS technique in our model.

  13. Technology readiness level six and autonomous mobility

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    Bodt, Barry A.; Camden, Rick S.

    2004-09-01

    During FY03, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory undertook a series of experiments designed to assess the maturity of autonomous mobility technology for the Future Combat Systems Armed Robotic Vehicle concept. The experiments assessed the technology against a level 6 standard in the technology readiness level (TRL) maturation schedule identified by a 1999 Government Accounting Office report. During the course of experimentation, 646 missions were conducted over a total distance of ~560 km and time of ~100 hr. Autonomous operation represented 96% and 88% of total distance and time, respectively. To satisfy the TRL 6 "relevant environment" standard, several experimental factors were varied over the three-site test as part of a formal, statistical, experimental design. This paper reports the specific findings pertaining to relevant-environment questions that were posed for the study and lends additional support to the Lead System Integrator decision that TRL 6 has been attained for the autonomous navigation system.

  14. Blood pressure regulation in diabetic autonomic neuropathy

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    Hilsted, J

    1985-01-01

    Defective blood pressure responses to standing, exercise and epinephrine infusions have been demonstrated in diabetic patients with autonomic neuropathy. The circulatory mechanisms underlying blood pressure responses to exercise and standing up in these patients are well characterized: In both...... experimental situations insufficient contraction of resistance vessels has been demonstrated. The vasoconstrictor defects demonstrated are of a magnitude sufficient to account for the prevailing hypotension. Furthermore, during exercise cardiac output is low in patients with autonomic neuropathy, a finding...... which may contribute to exercise hypotension in these patients. During hypoglycemia, blood pressure regulation seems intact in patients with autonomic neuropathy. This is probably due to release of substantial amounts of catecholamines during these experiments. During epinephrine infusions a substantial...

  15. Los cuidados y las mujeres en las familias Los cuidados y las mujeres en las familias

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    María Teresa Martín Palomo

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available This article proposes a reflection on a debate that is generating an important theorical and empirical production: the care. In the first place, the specificity of care is explored from a point of view that includes, besides the material aspects, affective and moral ones. It stands out the complexity of care at the different dimensions that operate in this concept. Second: care is changing in our society, starting from the massive and durable arrival of women to the labor market. In the families women are mainly responsible or caring for aged population, children and other fragile people. As to this moment care has not been reorganized among the genders, they have been the women of different generations who have articulated its solidarities with available state help or appealing to the market to cover the necessities of its relatives. Howevwe, the graving deficit in the provision of family care seems to approach a point of not sustainability in the near future. Propoal of “social care” offer institutional articulation between private solidarities and public duties in the allotment of family care so tha society in general can bear to the participation of women in the labour work. This implying the return of moral responsibility in the politics of care.Este artículo propone una reflexión sobre uno de los debates que está generando una importante producción teórica y empírica en los últimos años: los cuidados. Para ello, en primer lugar, se explora la especificidad de los cuidados ampliando el enfoque desde un punto de vista que incluya, además de los aspectos materiales, aspectos afectivos y morales. Se destaca la transversalidad y enorme complejidad de los cuidados por las diferentes dimensiones que operan en dicho concepto. En segundo lugar, se revisa como se están reestructurando los cuidados en nuestra sociedad a partir de las transformaciones que ha provocado la llegada masiva y duradera de mujeres al mercado laboral, a la par

  16. LA PAZ Y LA NO VIOLENCIA ADQUIERESN SIGNIFICADO PROPIO EN COLOMBIA EN LAS INICIATIVAS DE PAZ QUE CONSTRUYEN LAS BASES DESDE LO LOCAL

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    Esperanza Hernández Delgado

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo destaca, desde los hallazgos de la investigación para la paz, los significados y alcances propios que comunidades indígenas, negras y campesinas, han dado a la paz y la no violencia en Colombia. Estas comunidades no conocían las propuestas pacifistas de Gandhi, Matin Luther King o Mandela y, sin embargo, desde sus necesidades y procesos propios han generado, apropiado y jalonado, en forma perfectible, iniciativas de paz desde la base, en las que la paz ha sido concebida como defensa de la vida, resistencia civil al conflicto armado, protección de la autonomía y autodeterminación de las comunidades frente a los actores armados, participación política, desarrollo desde las bases, profundización de la democracia y defensa de la cultura, entre otras.

  17. Las TIC como fuente de ventaja competitiva en las PYMES

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    Álvaro Fernando Moncada Niño; Martha Lucía Oviedo Franco

    2013-01-01

    Desde su aparición, las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (TIC) se han convertido en un recurso fundamental de las empresas para competir en la mayoría de las industrias, generalizando el planteamiento de que son fuente de ventaja competitiva. Pero realmente, ¿cuándo las TIC son fuente potencial de ventaja competitiva para las pymes? ¿Bajo qué condiciones se logra que contribuyan a generar valor y mejorar su posición competitiva? ¿Qué características deben cumplir para alcanz...

  18. Connecting orbits of autonomous Lagrangian systems

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    In contrast to the time-dependent case, the time-t-section of Mañé set of autonomous Lagrangian systems is independent of time, thus, it is nowhere disconnected. This causes some difference in the study of dynamics, for instance, Mather's c-equivalence cannot exist among different cohomology classes if they are not in a flat of the α-function (cf (Bernard 2002 Ann. Inst. Fourier 52 1533–68.)). In this paper, we show how to construct connecting orbits in autonomous systems, and propose a modified notion of c-equivalence. We also apply the result to construct diffusion orbits in an energy surface

  19. Dynamic biomaterials: toward engineering autonomous feedback.

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    Morris, Eliza; Chavez, Michael; Tan, Cheemeng

    2016-06-01

    Dynamic biomaterials are biocompatible engineered systems capable of sensing and actively responding to their surrounding environment. They are of growing interest, both as models in basic research to understand complex cellular systems and in medical applications. Here, we review recent advances in nano-scale and micro-scale biomaterials, specifically artificial cells consisting of compartmentalized biochemical reactions and biologically compatible hydrogels. These dynamic biomaterials respond to stimuli through triggered reactions, reaction cascades, logic gates, and autonomous feedback loops. We outline the advances and remaining challenges in implementing such 'smart' biomaterials capable of autonomously responding to environmental stimuli. PMID:26974245

  20. Autonomous operations through onboard artificial intelligence

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    Sherwood, R. L.; Chien, S.; Castano, R.; Rabideau, G.

    2002-01-01

    The Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment (ASE) will fly onboard the Air Force TechSat 21 constellation of three spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2006. ASE uses onboard continuous planning, robust task and goal-based execution, model-based mode identification and reconfiguration, and onboard machine learning and pattern recognition to radically increase science return by enabling intelligent downlink selection and autonomous retargeting. Demonstration of these capabilities in a flight environment will open up tremendous new opportunities in planetary science, space physics, and earth science that would be unreachable without this technology.

  1. Advanced control architecture for autonomous vehicles

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    Maurer, Markus; Dickmanns, Ernst D.

    1997-06-01

    An advanced control architecture for autonomous vehicles is presented. The hierarchical architecture consists of four levels: a vehicle level, a control level, a rule-based level and a knowledge-based level. A special focus is on forms of internal representation, which have to be chosen adequately for each level. The control scheme is applied to VaMP, a Mercedes passenger car which autonomously performs missions on German freeways. VaMP perceives the environment with its sense of vision and conventional sensors. It controls its actuators for locomotion and attention focusing. Modules for perception, cognition and action are discussed.

  2. Autonomous control of distributed storages in microgrids

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    Loh, Poh Chiang; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2011-01-01

    Operation of distributed generators in microgrids has widely been discussed, but would not be fully autonomous, if distributed storages are not considered. Storages in general are important, since they provide energy buffering to load changes, energy leveling to source variations and ride......-through enhancement to the overall microgrids. Recognizing their importance, this paper presents a scheme for sharing power among multiple distributed storages, in coordination with the distributed sources and loads. The scheme prompts the storages to autonomously sense for system conditions, requesting for maximum...

  3. Towards Autonomous Control of HVAC Systems

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    Brath, P.

    This thesis considered development of an autonomous control system for heating ventilation and air conditioning applications. By including auto-tuning, adaptation, diagnosis and supervision functions in the control system used in the HVAC industry will move the control of HVAC systems towards...... autonomous control. Together with better tuned controllers and more dedicated control it would be possible to decrease the energy consumption, save money and increase the indoor air climate. A flexible HVAC test system was designed and implemented. Standard components and sensors were used in the design...... experiments on the HVAC test system and by using simulations....

  4. Evolutionary strategy for achieving autonomous navigation

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    Gage, Douglas W.

    1999-01-01

    An approach is presented for the evolutionary development of supervised autonomous navigation capabilities for small 'backpackable' ground robots, in the context of a DARPA- sponsored program to provide robotic support to small units of dismounted warfighters. This development approach relies on the implementation of a baseline visual serving navigation capability, including tools to support operator oversight and override, which is then enhanced with semantically referenced commands and a mission scripting structure. As current and future machine perception techniques are able to automatically designate visual serving goal points, this approach should provide a natural evolutionary pathway to higher levels of autonomous operation and reduced requirements for operator intervention.

  5. Blunted autonomic response in cluster headache patients

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    Barloese, Mads; Brinth, Louise; Mehlsen, Jesper;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cluster headache (CH) is a disabling headache disorder with chronobiological features. The posterior hypothalamus is involved in CH pathophysiology and is a hub for autonomic control. We studied autonomic response to the head-up tilt table test (HUT) including heart rate variability...... (HRV) in CH patients and compared results to healthy controls. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Twenty-seven episodic and chronic CH patients and an equal number of age-, sex- and BMI-matched controls were included. We analyzed responses to HUT in the time and frequency domain and by non-linear analysis. RESULTS...

  6. Emerging Technologies for Autonomous Language Learning

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    Mark Warschauer

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Drawing on a lengthier review completed for the US National Institute for Literacy, this paper examines emerging technologies that are applicable to self-access and autonomous learning in the areas of listening and speaking, collaborative writing, reading and language structure, and online interaction. Digital media reviewed include podcasts, blogs, wikis, online writing sites, text-scaffolding software, concordancers, multiuser virtual environments, multiplayer games, and chatbots. For each of these technologies, we summarize recent research and discuss possible uses for autonomous language learning.

  7. Autonomous control of multi-fingered hand

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    JIANG Li; LIU Hong

    2006-01-01

    This paper describes a novel autonomous control strategy of multi-fingered hand based on a modular control system of dexterous manipulation. A simple proportional-integral-derivative(PID) position control with friction compensation, which requires few friction parameters, is used to realize accurate and smooth trajectory tracking in pregrasp phase. In grasp and manipulation phases, an event-driven switcher is adopted to determine the switching between unconstrained position control and constrained torque control, and an improved explicit integral force control strategy is implemented to realize simultaneously stable contact transition and accurate force tracking. Experimental results have verified the effectiveness of the proposed autonomous control strategy of multi-fingered hand.

  8. Las voces del silencio

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    María Angélica Semilla Durán

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The article analyses the novel by Carlos Gamerro El secreto y las voces in the framework of the texts studying the memory issues of the last Argentinian dictatorship. The purpose here is to shed light on the narrative devices used to describe the logical manipulations, the verbal shift and the social mechanisms that contributed to configure a society globally accomplice of the crimes committed by the dictatorship, be it by naturalization or concealment. The silence plot is difficult to counter, and when the speech finally returns, it carries other unsensed secrets and shows that all the consciences have, in one way or another, lacked vigilance.El artículo analiza la novela de Carlos Gamerro El secreto y las voces, inscribiéndola en el marco de los textos que trabajan sobre la memoria de la última dictadura argentina. Se trata de poner en evidencia los procedimientos narrativos utilizados para describir las manipulaciones lógicas, los desvíos verbales y los mecanismos sociales qui contribuyeron a configurar una sociedad globalmente pasiva, cómplice en cierta medida de los crímenes de la dictadura, por naturalización u ocultación. Es difícil quebrar el complot del silencio, y cuando la palabra se libera finalmente,  porta otros secretos imprevistos y muestra que todas las consciencias, de una manera u otra, han fallado al deber de vigilancia.

  9. Las marcas no tradicionales

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    Juan David Castro

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Las transformaciones en el comercio tanto nacional como internacionalmente han hecho necesario el aparecimiento de nuevas formas de manifestación de los signos destinados a diferenciar los productos y servicios en el mercado. El artículo reseña algunos de ellos.

  10. A Priori User Acceptance and the Perceived Driving Pleasure in Semi-autonomous and Autonomous Vehicles

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    Bjørner, Thomas

    The aim of this minor pilot study is, from a sociological user perspective, to explore a priori user acceptance and the perceived driving pleasure in semi- autonomous and autonomous vehicles. The methods used were 13 in-depth interviews while having participants watch video examples within four...... different scenarios. After each scenario, two different numerical rating scales were used. There was a tendency toward positive attitudes regarding semi- autonomous driving systems, especially the use of a parking assistant and while driving in city traffic congestion. However, there were also major...

  11. Advances in autonomous systems for space exploration missions

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    Smith, B. D.; Gross, A. R.; Clancy, D. J.; Cannon, H. N.; Barrett, A.; Mjolssness, E.; Muscettola, N.; Chien, S.; Johnson, A.

    2001-01-01

    This paper focuses on new and innovative software for remote, autonomous, space systems flight operation, including distributed autonomous systems, flight test results, and implications and directions for future systems.

  12. A Rare Association of Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalgia: Pontine Capillary Telangiectasia

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    Gocmen, Rahsan; Kurt, Erdal; Arslan, Sabina; Unal-Cevik, Isin; Karli Oguz, Kader; Tezer, F Irsel

    2015-01-01

    This report describes a case of pontine capillary telangiectasia in a 43-year-old woman with a clinical diagnosis of trigeminal autonomic cephalgia. The possible association with pontine capillary telangiectasia and trigeminal autonomic cephalgia is discussed.

  13. Identidad institucional de las organizaciones del Tercer Sector

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    Isabel de la Torre Prados

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del artículo es ofrecer una aproximación descriptiva a los rasgos distintivos de las entidades del Tercer Sector, tanto desde el punto de vista de sus características organizativas como de su gobierno y gestión, considerando que estas tres líneas de análisis están condicionadas por el reconocimiento institucional de las funciones sociales que desempeñan el conjunto plural y heterogéneo de sus entidades, entendidas como organizaciones no lucrativas cuyos rasgos básicos son el carácter privado, el principio de no distribución de beneficios, la movilización de recursos voluntarios, la estructura organizativa formal y la capacidad de autonomía y gobierno.

  14. College English Students’ Autonomous Learning Motivation and Cultivation Model Research

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    王艳荣; 李娥

    2015-01-01

    Studying the autonomous learning motivation and excitation model can stimulate intrinsic motivation of foreign language learners,develop students self-management strategy evaluation are very necessary.The purpose of this paper is to give students the skills of listening and speaking for their autonomous learning.Then study the cultivation and motivation of college English students autonomous learning,hoping to make students to learn autonomous learning and stimulate their motivation fully.

  15. Geometric integration of non-autonomous Hamiltonian problems

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    Marthinsen, Håkon; Owren, Brynjulf

    2014-01-01

    Symplectic integration of autonomous Hamiltonian systems is a well-known field of study in geometric numerical integration, but for non-autonomous systems the situation is less clear, since symplectic structure requires an even number of dimensions. We show that one possible extension of symplectic methods in the autonomous setting to the non-autonomous setting is obtained by using canonical transformations. Many existing methods fit into this framework. We also perform experiments which indi...

  16. Engineering an Ontology for Autonomous Systems - The OASys Ontology

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    Bermejo Alonso, Julita; Sanz Bravo, Ricardo; Rodríguez, Manuel; Hernández Corbato, Carlos

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes the development of an ontology for autonomous systems, as the initial stage of a research programe on autonomous systems’ engineering within a model-based control approach. The ontology aims at providing a unified conceptual framework for the autonomous systems’ stakeholders, from developers to software engineers. The modular ontology contains both generic and domain-specific concepts for autonomous systems description and engineering. The ontology serves as the basis in a ...

  17. A programming model and execution environment for autonomous systems

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    Razafimahefa, Chrislain

    2004-01-01

    This thesis presents the design and implementation of a programming model for autonomous systems. Autonomous systems are distributed systems based on wireless networks, mobile devices and the Internet. They are characterized by the high dynamics with which their configuration evolves. Ad hoc networks, a member of autonomous systems, illustrate this point since in these networks participants can join and leave at any time. Similarly in Peer-to-Peer networks, another member of autonomous system...

  18. Tecnología asistencial móvil, con realidad aumentada, para las personas mayores

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    Rafael Saracchini

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Las posibilidades que ofrecen las tecnologías son muchas, sin embargo, las personas mayores son a menudo incapaces de disfrutar de ellas plenamente, sintiéndose desanimadas o intimidadas por estos nuevos dispositivos. Esto les lleva a un progresivo aislamiento en una sociedad donde es esencial conocer las distintas formas de comunicación a través de Internet y las TIC. En este trabajo presentamos un estudio realizado durante el proyecto Nacodeal, cuyo objetivo es ofrecer una solución tecnológica para proporcionar autonomía y una mejor calidad de vida para las personas mayores durante sus actividades diarias mediante la integración de las TIC. Para lograr este objetivo se ha desarrollado tecnología puntera en realidad aumentada (RA, así como servicios de Internet e interfaces para dispositivos móviles especialmente diseñados para personas mayores. Estas tecnologías emplean la infraestructura presente en la mayoría de casas y centros de cuidados de mayores. Presentamos un prototipo de sistema compuesto por una tableta y un dispositivo de RA portátil, así como el análisis del impacto social en la interacción con usuarios y la valoración de la aceptación y usabilidad. Esta evaluación se llevó a cabo a través de grupos focales y pruebas piloto individuales con 48 participantes: ancianos, cuidadores y expertos. Sus comentarios concluyen que existen fuertes beneficios e intereses por parte de las personas mayores en las TIC asistenciales basadas en RA, especialmente en los aspectos relacionados con la comunicación y autonomía.

  19. Spatial abstraction for autonomous robot navigation.

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    Epstein, Susan L; Aroor, Anoop; Evanusa, Matthew; Sklar, Elizabeth I; Parsons, Simon

    2015-09-01

    Optimal navigation for a simulated robot relies on a detailed map and explicit path planning, an approach problematic for real-world robots that are subject to noise and error. This paper reports on autonomous robots that rely on local spatial perception, learning, and commonsense rationales instead. Despite realistic actuator error, learned spatial abstractions form a model that supports effective travel. PMID:26227680

  20. The CASCADAS Framework for Autonomic Communications

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    Baresi, Luciano; Ferdinando, Antonio Di; Manzalini, Antonio; Zambonelli, Franco

    An interesting approach to the design and development of the future Internet foresees a networked service eco-system capable of seamlessly offering services for human-to-human, human-to-machine and machine-to-machine interactions. This chapter builds in this direction by describing a distributed component-ware framework for autonomic and situation-aware communication developed within the CASCADAS project. The core of this framework is the Autonomic Communication Element (ACE), an innovative software abstraction capable of providing dynamically adaptable services that can be built, composed, and let evolve according to autonomic principles. Services are capable of adapting their logic to the dynamically changing context they operate in without human intervention. As a result, whenever the need arises, ACEs can be federated autonomously and produce new services on a situation-aware basis. Systems and, in particular, eco-systems can thus be conceived as collections of ACEs. The chapter introduces the concept of ACE and its different facets. It also presents the architecture of a prototype ACE-based platform and exemplifies the different concepts through a future Pervasive Behavioral Advertisement scenario.

  1. Control algorithms for autonomous robot navigation

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    This paper examines control algorithm requirements for autonomous robot navigation outside laboratory environments. Three aspects of navigation are considered: navigation control in explored terrain, environment interactions with robot sensors, and navigation control in unanticipated situations. Major navigation methods are presented and relevance of traditional human learning theory is discussed. A new navigation technique linking graph theory and incidental learning is introduced

  2. Distributed formation control for autonomous robots

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    Garcia de Marina Peinado, Hector Jesús

    2016-01-01

    This thesis addresses several theoretical and practical problems related to formation-control of autonomous robots. Formation-control aims to simultaneously accomplish the tasks of forming a desired shape by the robots and controlling their coordinated collective motion. This kind of robot performan

  3. Autonomous Robot Navigation In Public Nature Park

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    Andersen, Jens Christian; Andersen, Nils Axel; Ravn, Ole;

    2005-01-01

    This extended abstract describes a project to make a robot travel autonomously across a public nature park. The challenge is to detect and follow the right path across junctions and open squares avoiding people and obstacles. The robot is equipped with a laser scanner, a (low accuracy) GPS, wheel...

  4. Simple autonomic seizures and ictal enuresis

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    Rosenzweig, Ivana; Varga, Edina T; Akeson, Per;

    2011-01-01

    manifestation of the de novo post-traumatic simple autonomic seizures. Source analysis of the ictal epileptiform discharges showed activation of the cortical areas surrounding the right inferior frontal sulcus, adjacent to the lesional zone. The case depicted here further endorses recent neuroimaging studies...

  5. Autonomous biomorphic robots as platforms for sensors

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    Tilden, M.; Hasslacher, B.; Mainieri, R.; Moses, J.

    1996-10-01

    The idea of building autonomous robots that can carry out complex and nonrepetitive tasks is an old one, so far unrealized in any meaningful hardware. Tilden has shown recently that there are simple, processor-free solutions to building autonomous mobile machines that continuously adapt to unknown and hostile environments, are designed primarily to survive, and are extremely resistant to damage. These devices use smart mechanics and simple (low component count) electronic neuron control structures having the functionality of biological organisms from simple invertebrates to sophisticated members of the insect and crab family. These devices are paradigms for the development of autonomous machines that can carry out directed goals. The machine then becomes a robust survivalist platform that can carry sensors or instruments. These autonomous roving machines, now in an early stage of development (several proof-of-concept prototype walkers have been built), can be developed so that they are inexpensive, robust, and versatile carriers for a variety of instrument packages. Applications are immediate and many, in areas as diverse as prosthetics, medicine, space, construction, nanoscience, defense, remote sensing, environmental cleanup, and biotechnology.

  6. Autonomous biomorphic robots as platforms for sensors

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    The idea of building autonomous robots that can carry out complex and nonrepetitive tasks is an old one, so far unrealized in any meaningful hardware. Tilden has shown recently that there are simple, processor-free solutions to building autonomous mobile machines that continuously adapt to unknown and hostile environments, are designed primarily to survive, and are extremely resistant to damage. These devices use smart mechanics and simple (low component count) electronic neuron control structures having the functionality of biological organisms from simple invertebrates to sophisticated members of the insect and crab family. These devices are paradigms for the development of autonomous machines that can carry out directed goals. The machine then becomes a robust survivalist platform that can carry sensors or instruments. These autonomous roving machines, now in an early stage of development (several proof-of-concept prototype walkers have been built), can be developed so that they are inexpensive, robust, and versatile carriers for a variety of instrument packages. Applications are immediate and many, in areas as diverse as prosthetics, medicine, space, construction, nanoscience, defense, remote sensing, environmental cleanup, and biotechnology

  7. Autonomous behavior of hematopoietic stem cells

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    Kamminga, LM; Akkerman, [No Value; Weersing, E; Ausema, A; Dontje, B; Van Zant, G; de Haan, G

    2000-01-01

    Objective. Mechanisms that affect the function of primitive hematopoietic stem cells with long-term proliferative potential remain largely unknown. Here we assessed whether properties of stem cells are cell-extrinsically or cell-autonomously regulated. Materials and Methods. We developed a model in

  8. [Emotion, amygdala, and autonomic nervous system].

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    Ueyama, Takashi

    2012-10-01

    Emotion refers to the dynamic changes of feeling accompanied by the alteration of physical and visceral activities. Autonomic nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic) regulates the visceral activities. Therefore, monitoring and analyzing autonomic nervous activity help understand the emotional changes. To this end, the survey of the expression of immediate early genes (IEGs), such as c-Fos in the brain and target organs, and the viral transneuronal labeling method using the pseudorabies virus (PRV) have enabled the visualization of the neurocircuitry of emotion. By comparing c-Fos expression and data from PRV or other neuroanatomical labeling techniques, the central sites that regulate emotional stress-induced autonomic activation can be deduced. Such regions have been identified in the limbic system (e. g., the extended amygdaloid complex; lateral septum; and infralimbic, insular, and ventromedial temporal cortical regions), as well as in several hypothalamic and brainstem nuclei. The amygdala is structurally diverse and comprises several subnuclei, which play a role in emotional process via projections from the cortex and a variety of subcortical structures. All amygdaloid subnuclei receive psychological information from other limbic systems, while the lateral and central subnuclei receive peripheral and sensory information. Output to the hypothalamus and peripheral sympathetic system mainly originates from the medial amygdala. As estrogen receptor α, estrogen receptor β, and androgen receptor are expressed in the medial amygdala, sex steroids may modulate the autonomic nervous activities.

  9. Information Engineering in Autonomous Robot Software

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    Ziafati, P.

    2015-01-01

    In order to engage and help in our daily life, autonomous robots are to operate in dynamic and unstructured environments and interact with people. As the robot's environment and its behaviour are getting more complex, so are the robot's software and the knowledge that the robot needs to carry out it

  10. Autonomous Learning from a Social Cognitive Perspective

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    Ponton, Michael K.; Rhea, Nancy E.

    2006-01-01

    The current perspective of autonomous learning defines it as the agentive exhibition of resourcefulness, initiative, and persistence in self-directed learning. As a form of human agency, it has been argued in the literature that this perspective should be consistent with Bandura's (1986) Social Cognitive Theory (SCT). The purpose of this article…

  11. Control algorithms for autonomous robot navigation

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    Jorgensen, C.C.

    1985-09-20

    This paper examines control algorithm requirements for autonomous robot navigation outside laboratory environments. Three aspects of navigation are considered: navigation control in explored terrain, environment interactions with robot sensors, and navigation control in unanticipated situations. Major navigation methods are presented and relevance of traditional human learning theory is discussed. A new navigation technique linking graph theory and incidental learning is introduced.

  12. Autonomous operation of distributed storages in microgrids

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    Loh, Poh Chiang; Chai, Yi Kai; Li, Ding;

    2014-01-01

    Operation of distributed generators in microgrids has been widely discussed, but would not be fully autonomous if distributed energy storages are not considered. Storages are important since they provide energy buffering to load changes, energy levelling to source variations and ride-through enha......Operation of distributed generators in microgrids has been widely discussed, but would not be fully autonomous if distributed energy storages are not considered. Storages are important since they provide energy buffering to load changes, energy levelling to source variations and ride......-through enhancement to the microgrids. Recognising their importance, this study presents a scheme for sharing power among multiple distributed storages in coordination with the distributed sources and loads. The scheme prompts the storages to autonomously sense for local operating conditions, requesting for maximum...... to help with meeting the extra load demand. The described process takes place autonomously with energy eventually shared among the storages in proportion to their ratings. To test the concepts discussed, experiments have been performed with favourable results obtained for performance verification....

  13. A Multifunctional Coating for Autonomous Corrosion Control

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    Calle, Luz M.; Li, Wenyan; Buhrow, Jerry W.; Jolley, Scott t.

    2011-01-01

    Nearly all metals and their alloys are subject to corrosion that causes them to lose their structural integrity or other critical functionality. Protective coatings are the most commonly used method of corrosion control. However, progressively stricter environmental regulations have resulted in the ban of many commercially available corrosion protective coatings due to the harmful effects of their solvents or corrosion inhibitors. This work concerns the development of a multifunctional smart coating for the autonomous control of corrosion. This coating is being developed to have the inherent ability to detect the chemical changes associated with the onset of corrosion and respond autonomously to indicate it and control it. The multi-functionality of the coating is based on microencapsulation technology specifically designed for corrosion control applications. This design has, in addition to all the advantages of existing microcapsulation designs, the corrosion controlled release function that triggers the delivery of corrosion indicators and inhibitors on demand, only when and where needed. Microencapsulation of self-healing agents for autonomous repair of mechanical damage to the coating is also being pursued. Corrosion indicators, corrosion inhibitors, as well as self-healing agents, have been encapsulated and dispersed into several paint systems to test the corrosion detection, inhibition, and self-healing properties of the coating. Key words: Corrosion, coating, autonomous corrosion control, corrosion indication, corrosion inhibition, self-healing coating, smart coating, multifunctional coating, microencapsulation.

  14. Integrating the autonomous subsystems management process

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    Ashworth, Barry R.

    1992-01-01

    Ways in which the ranking of the Space Station Module Power Management and Distribution testbed may be achieved and an individual subsystem's internal priorities may be managed within the complete system are examined. The application of these results in the integration and performance leveling of the autonomously managed system is discussed.

  15. Spatial abstraction for autonomous robot navigation.

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    Epstein, Susan L; Aroor, Anoop; Evanusa, Matthew; Sklar, Elizabeth I; Parsons, Simon

    2015-09-01

    Optimal navigation for a simulated robot relies on a detailed map and explicit path planning, an approach problematic for real-world robots that are subject to noise and error. This paper reports on autonomous robots that rely on local spatial perception, learning, and commonsense rationales instead. Despite realistic actuator error, learned spatial abstractions form a model that supports effective travel.

  16. Autonomic Modification of Intestinal Smooth Muscle Contractility

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    Montgomery, Laura E. A.; Tansey, Etain A.; Johnson, Chris D.; Roe, Sean M.; Quinn, Joe G.

    2016-01-01

    Intestinal smooth muscle contracts rhythmically in the absence of nerve and hormonal stimulation because of the activity of pacemaker cells between and within the muscle layers. This means that the autonomic nervous system modifies rather than initiates intestinal contractions. The practical described here gives students an opportunity to observe…

  17. My Understanding on Cultivation of Autonomous Learning

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    张金玉

    2007-01-01

    Autonomous learning has been popular in western education system for some time, this article aims to analyze the connotation and the necessity of cultivating learner autonomy, and then offer some strategies about the cultivation of learner autonomy from a chinese perspective.

  18. Applying energy autonomous robots for dike inspection

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    Dresscher, Douwe; Vries, de Theo J.A.; Stramigioli, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    This article presents an exploratory study of an energy-autonomous robot that can be deployed on the Dutch dykes. Based on theory in energy harvesting from sun and wind and the energy-cost of locomotion an analytic expression to determine the feasible daily operational time of such a vehicle is comp

  19. Autonomic dysfunction in a Jack Russell terrier

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    Caines, Deanne; Pinard, Chantale L.; Kruth, Stephen; Orr, Jeremy; James, Fiona

    2011-01-01

    A 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier was presented with an array of clinical signs suggestive of autonomic dysfunction. Many of the clinical signs were consistent with a diagnosis of dysautonomia; however, both chronicity and resolution of signs contradicted a diagnosis of this disease.

  20. Non-autonomous second order Hamiltonian systems

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    Pipan, J; Schechter, M

    2014-01-01

    We study the existence of periodic solutions for a second order non-autonomous dynamical system containing variable kinetic energy terms. Our assumptions balance the interaction between the kinetic energy and the potential energy with neither one dominating the other. We study sublinear problems and the existence of non-constant solutions. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

  1. Advanced manipulation for autonomous mobile robots

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    Babcock, S.M.; Hamel, W.R.; Killough, S.M.

    1986-01-01

    This paper describes the development, mechanical configuration, and control system architecture of a lightweight, high performance, seven-degree-of-freedom manipulator at the Center for Engineering Systems Advanced Research (CESAR). Current activities focusing on modeling and parameter identification will provide a well-characterized manipulator for analytical and experimental research in manipulator dynamics and controls, coordinated manipulation, and autonomous mobile robotics.

  2. Geometric formulations and variational integrators of discrete autonomous Birkhoff systems

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    The variational integrators of autonomous Birkhoff systems are obtained by the discrete variational principle. The geometric structure of the discrete autonomous Birkhoff system is formulated. The discretization of mathematical pendulum shows that the discrete variational method is as effective as symplectic scheme for the autonomous Birkhoff systems. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  3. Geometric formulations and variational integrators of discrete autonomous Birkhoff systems

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    Liu Shi-Xing; Liu Chang; Guo Yong-Xin

    2011-01-01

    The variational integrators of autonomous Birkhoff systems are obtained by the discrete variational principle. The geometric structure of the discrete autonomous Birkhoff system is formulated. The discretization of mathematical pendulum shows that the discrete variational method is as effective as symplectic scheme for the autonomous Birkhoff systems.

  4. Advanced Autonomous Systems for Space Operations

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    Gross, A. R.; Smith, B. D.; Muscettola, N.; Barrett, A.; Mjolssness, E.; Clancy, D. J.

    2002-01-01

    New missions of exploration and space operations will require unprecedented levels of autonomy to successfully accomplish their objectives. Inherently high levels of complexity, cost, and communication distances will preclude the degree of human involvement common to current and previous space flight missions. With exponentially increasing capabilities of computer hardware and software, including networks and communication systems, a new balance of work is being developed between humans and machines. This new balance holds the promise of not only meeting the greatly increased space exploration requirements, but simultaneously dramatically reducing the design, development, test, and operating costs. New information technologies, which take advantage of knowledge-based software, model-based reasoning, and high performance computer systems, will enable the development of a new generation of design and development tools, schedulers, and vehicle and system health management capabilities. Such tools will provide a degree of machine intelligence and associated autonomy that has previously been unavailable. These capabilities are critical to the future of advanced space operations, since the science and operational requirements specified by such missions, as well as the budgetary constraints will limit the current practice of monitoring and controlling missions by a standing army of ground-based controllers. System autonomy capabilities have made great strides in recent years, for both ground and space flight applications. Autonomous systems have flown on advanced spacecraft, providing new levels of spacecraft capability and mission safety. Such on-board systems operate by utilizing model-based reasoning that provides the capability to work from high-level mission goals, while deriving the detailed system commands internally, rather than having to have such commands transmitted from Earth. This enables missions of such complexity and communication` distances as are not

  5. La escuela portuguesa en el siglo XXI : autonomía y participación

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    Silva, José Manuel; Rodrigues, Célia; Silveirinha, Conceição; Mineiro, João Paulo; Felício, Paulo

    2016-01-01

    En el presente artículo, se hace un análisis de la situación de la enseñanza en Portugal en este principio del siglo XXI. Se destacan las cuestiones de la autonomía de la escuela y los modelos organizativos de administración y gestión que refuerzan la participación de las familias y de la comunidad en la dirección estratégica de los centros educativos y que, además, afirman el liderazgo del director con vistas a garantizar el mejoramiento del servicio público de educación. La concreción d...

  6. Autonomous Navigation for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Based on Information Filters and Active Sensing

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    Tianhong Yan; Yan Liang; Shujing Zhang; Chao Li; Bo He; Hongjin Zhang

    2011-01-01

    This paper addresses an autonomous navigation method for the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) C-Ranger applying information-filter-based simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), and its sea trial experiments in Tuandao Bay (Shangdong Province, P.R. China). Weak links in the information matrix in an extended information filter (EIF) can be pruned to achieve an efficient approach-sparse EIF algorithm (SEIF-SLAM). All the basic update formulae can be implemented in constant time irrespec...

  7. Autonomous Job Analysis: A Method for Design of Autonomous Marine Operations

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    Grøtli, Esten Ingar; Vagia, Marialena; Fjerdingen, Sigurd Aksnes; Bjerkeng, Magnus Christian; Transeth, Aksel Andreas; Svendsen, Eirik; Rundtop, Per

    2016-01-01

    Increased use of autonomy is considered crucial for continued growth in maritime industries like oil- and gas, waterborne transport, and fisheries- and aquaculture. This article presents a method called Autonomous Job Analysis (AJA), which purpose is to guide the design of autonomous marine operations. AJA breaks down the operation, and focuses on autonomy early in the design phase. The method uses elements from Hierarchical Task Analysis (HTA), and the execution of the analysis is influen...

  8. Tethered operation of autonomous aerial vehicles to provide extended field of view for autonomous ground vehicles

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    Phang, Nyit Sin

    2006-01-01

    This thesis was part of the ongoing research conducted at the Naval Postgraduate School to achieve greater collaboration between heterogeneous autonomous vehicles. The research addresses optimal control issues in the collaboration between an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Autonomous Ground Vehicles (AGV). The scenario revolves around using the camera onboard the UAV to extend the effective field of view of the AGV. For military operations, this could be helpful in improving security for co...

  9. Autonomic consequences of spinal cord injury.

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    Hou, Shaoping; Rabchevsky, Alexander G

    2014-10-01

    Spinal cord injury (SCI) results not only in motor and sensory deficits but also in autonomic dysfunctions. The disruption of connections between higher brain centers and the spinal cord, or the impaired autonomic nervous system itself, manifests a broad range of autonomic abnormalities. This includes compromised cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, thermoregulatory, and sexual activities. These disabilities evoke potentially life-threatening symptoms that severely interfere with the daily living of those with SCI. In particular, high thoracic or cervical SCI often causes disordered hemodynamics due to deregulated sympathetic outflow. Episodic hypertension associated with autonomic dysreflexia develops as a result of massive sympathetic discharge often triggered by unpleasant visceral or sensory stimuli below the injury level. In the pelvic floor, bladder and urethral dysfunctions are classified according to upper motor neuron versus lower motor neuron injuries; this is dependent on the level of lesion. Most impairments of the lower urinary tract manifest in two interrelated complications: bladder storage and emptying. Inadequate or excessive detrusor and sphincter functions as well as detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia are examples of micturition abnormalities stemming from SCI. Gastrointestinal motility disorders in spinal cord injured-individuals are comprised of gastric dilation, delayed gastric emptying, and diminished propulsive transit along the entire gastrointestinal tract. As a critical consequence of SCI, neurogenic bowel dysfunction exhibits constipation and/or incontinence. Thus, it is essential to recognize neural mechanisms and pathophysiology underlying various complications of autonomic dysfunctions after SCI. This overview provides both vital information for better understanding these disorders and guides to pursue novel therapeutic approaches to alleviate secondary complications. PMID:25428850

  10. Exercise and the autonomic nervous system.

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    Fu, Qi; Levine, Benjamin D

    2013-01-01

    The autonomic nervous system plays a crucial role in the cardiovascular response to acute (dynamic) exercise in animals and humans. During exercise, oxygen uptake is a function of the triple-product of heart rate and stroke volume (i.e., cardiac output) and arterial-mixed venous oxygen difference (the Fick principle). The degree to which each of the variables can increase determines maximal oxygen uptake (V˙O2max). Both "central command" and "the exercise pressor reflex" are important in determining the cardiovascular response and the resetting of the arterial baroreflex during exercise to precisely match systemic oxygen delivery with metabolic demand. In general, patients with autonomic disorders have low levels of V˙O2max, indicating reduced physical fitness and exercise capacity. Moreover, the vast majority of the patients have blunted or abnormal cardiovascular response to exercise, especially during maximal exercise. There is now convincing evidence that some of the protective and therapeutic effects of chronic exercise training are related to the impact on the autonomic nervous system. Additionally, training induced improvement in vascular function, blood volume expansion, cardiac remodeling, insulin resistance and renal-adrenal function may also contribute to the protection and treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic and autonomic disorders. Exercise training also improves mental health, helps to prevent depression, and promotes or maintains positive self-esteem. Moderate-intensity exercise at least 30 minutes per day and at least 5 days per week is recommended for the vast majority of people. Supervised exercise training is preferable to maximize function capacity, and may be particularly important for patients with autonomic disorders. PMID:24095123

  11. Análisis de los desarrollos normativos del Sistema para la Autonomía y Atención a la Dependencia. Serie: CERMI.es nº 40

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    Vidriales Fernández, Ruth; de Araoz Sánchez-Dopico, Inés; Beotas López, José Luis; López García, José Miguel; Marrero Macías, Rodrigo; Rodríguez Morilla, Adolfo

    2009-01-01

    Este documento, publicado por el CERMI, analiza la realidad de los niños españoles con discapacidad desde muy diversas perspectivas, gracias a las aportaciones de los distintos investigadores del Centro sobre Investigación de la Autonomía Personal, de la Facultad de Derecho de la UNED, que han colaborado en su redacción. El libro analiza el marco jurídico y las políticas públicas desarrolladas en nuestro país para atender las necesidades especiales de las personas menores de edad con discapac...

  12. Analisis sobre las obligaciones

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    Parra Avila, Elliot

    2013-01-01

    Los lenguajes ordinarios presentan dificultades de interpretación cuando son usados para formular y resolver problemas filosoficos. Estos inconvenientes intentaron ser solucionados desde las funciones propositivas (Russell) y los lenguajes artificiales (Carnap). Como respuesta a estas tesis surge la escuela de la filosofia del lenguaje ordinario que sostiene 1) la confianza en el lenguaje claro y siple 2) la ideificacion del abuso del lenguaje como origen de todos los problemas filosoficos 3)...

  13. Las Meninas transmedial

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    Kacunko, Slavko

    2001-01-01

    The art-historical methods of exploring the significance of pictures have often been demonstrated in the contemplation and interpretation of Velázquez’ Las Meniñas (1656, Madrid, Prado; 318 x 276 cm). The painting has been analysed for its relation to the viewer, its luminism, its spatial qualiti...... Velazquez’ in Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 2, 1986 (pp. 165-89)...

  14. Las Violencias contra las Mujeres en una Sociedad en Guerra

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    Sánchez Gómez, Olga Amparo

    2008-01-01

    Las violencias contra las mujeres exceden los acontecimientos violentos, y abarcan su producción y reproducción como fenómeno social y discursivo. Los hechos violentos y los discursos sobre la violencia aparecen entrelazados, especialmente si se piensa en papel que juega la cultura patriarcal en el desarrollo, perpetuación y validación de las violencias contra las mujeres. “A las mujeres nos violan, nos asaltan y nos golpean, nos ultrajan, nos humillan, nos deshumanizan, nos manosean, nos ase...

  15. Las TIC y las culturas minoritarias en un mundo global

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    Ovide, Evaristo

    2008-01-01

    Las culturas minoritarias, sus lenguas y tradiciones se vuelven más minoritarias y su aliento vital se debilita a medida que la globalización las sitúa dentro de un contexto mucho más amplio. La aparición de las Nuevas Tecnologías (NN.TT.) eInternet como base de las mismas ha supuesto una nueva discriminación entre los que tienen acceso a ellas y los que no. Las culturas minoritarias lo son por haber sido doblegadas por otra dominante y por ello, a menudo padecen males más acuciantes que la p...

  16. Derecho contractual europeo, autonomía privada y poderes del juez sobre el contrato

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    Mauro Grondona

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo busca analizar dos puntos. El primer punto: el cuadro general del derecho europeo (y, en particular, del derecho contractual está construido con base en la doctrina ordoliberal. En consecuencia, el papel del legislador es de fundamental importancia en la formación del derecho y, entonces, el orden jurídico europeo es un orden construido, más que un orden espontáneo (la referencia es a la perspectiva de F. A. Hayek . El segundo punto: en el ámbito del derecho contractual europeo, la autonomía privada de las partes es entendida como principio general; pero con la idea de que la autonomía de las partes se debe respetar, a menos que haya una buena razón para intervenir; y, a menudo, esta buena razón existe. Si, en particular, consideramos el Draft Common Frame of Reference, el aspecto más notable para observar es la importancia dada a las cláusulas generales: en particular, la buena fe y la racionabilidad. La consecuencia es la centralidad del papel del juez en la construcción del contenido normativo de estas cláusulas generales. Sin embargo, desde este punto de vista, surge un problema: ¿cuál es, cuál debería ser, la relación satisfactoria entre el papel del derecho europeo (con particular atención a los valores constitucionales sobre los cuales se funda y el papel del juez respecto de las cláusulas generales? ¿Con base en el ordoliberalismo, el poder del juez está destinado a ser restringido frente al aumento de los poderes del legislador, con el fin de perseguir el objetivo de la justicia contractual?

  17. Refugiados de las pandillas centroamericanas

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    Kennedy, Elizabeth G.

    2013-01-01

    El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras se encuentran entre las naciones más frágiles del mundo, sin embargo, son ampliamente ignoradas por las agencias de refugiados que subestiman los abusos y poderes de control de las organizaciones criminales transnacionales, mientras sobrestiman la capacidad y voluntad de los gobiernos nacionales de proteger a sus ciudadanos.

  18. Las telenovelas juveniles mexicanas y las adolescentas obesas

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    Tania Meza

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Esta investigación analiza la opresión por cuerpo (obesidad a la que las mujeres son sometidas dentro del sistema patriarcal durante la adolescencia, específicamente a través de la representación televisiva que de las jóvenes gordas se hace en la telenovela juvenil mexicana. Los enormes niveles de audiencia que poseen las telenovelas en nuestro país hace indispensable, para los estudios de género desde las ciencias dela comunicación, estudiar el papel de las mujeres en dichas teleseries. En este análisis se pretende mostrar la triple marginación a la que son sometidas las adolescentes obesas en las telenovelas juveniles mexicanas: por ser mujeres, por ser jóvenes y por ser gordas.

  19. A Localisation and Navigation System for an Autonomous Wheel Loader

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    Lilja, Robin

    2011-01-01

    Autonomous vehicles are an emerging trend in robotics, seen in a vast range of applications and environments. Consequently, Volvo Construction Equipment endeavour to apply the concept of autonomous vehicles onto one of their main products. In the company’s Autonomous Machine project an autonomous wheel loader is being developed. As an ob jective given by the company; a demonstration proving the possibility of conducting a fully autonomous load and haul cycle should be performed. Conducting su...

  20. Discrepancia entre padres e hijos en la percepción del funcionamiento familiar y desarrollo de la autonomía adolescente.

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    Alonso Stuyck, Paloma

    2005-01-01

    RESUMEN El estudio se enmarca en el paradigma contextual dialéctico, realizando una aproximación conceptual a la adolescencia, la familia, y la autonomía, y describiendo la transformación que han experimentado estas realidades. Desde el prisma evolutivo-educativo se entiende la autonomía adolescente como parte del proceso madurativo de definición de la primera identidad (Teoría Epigenética de Erikson). Parece que el conflicto paterno-filial, apoyado en la cercanía emocional en las relacion...

  1. EL CONFLICTO ARMADO AFECTA TODAS LAS ESFERAS. IMPLICACIONES DEL CONFLICTO ARMADO EN LA COMUNA 13

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    Clara Inés Atehortúa Arredondo

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    Full Text Available Los grupos armados han implementado estrategias para involucrarse con la población hasta el punto de ser identificados por los pobladores como habitantes de los barrios. Los grupos armados, milicias o paramilitares, han cumplido funciones reguladoras de las relaciones sociales, implantando "sistemas" autoritarios, restrictivos y el intrusismo. Los órdenes impuestos requieren el sometimiento de los pobladores, tal como algunos lo indican: "Se acostumbran o se adaptan a vivir en aquellos". Debido a tal situación, se pierde buena parte de la autonomía obtenida en el uso de los territorios que han sido construidos, habitados y simbolizados por sus habitantes. Es necesario destacar las implicaciones en la vida barrial, organizativa y familiar, que presenta cambios y permanencias durante el proceso del conflicto armado. Tanto en el barrio, en las organizaciones comunitarias, como en la familia, una de las implicaciones más relevantes es el desplazamiento forzado intraurbano.

  2. Lo relativo y lo universal en la defensa de las humanidades para la democracia

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    Full Text Available Cuando se pone en duda la importancia del estudio de las humanidades aparecen varios argumentos en su defensa. En este ensayo se analiza uno de ellos: la democracia las necesita. A partir del modelo educativo para la democracia que Martha Nussbaum propone en Sin fines de lucro: por qué la democracia necesita de las humanidades se explora la noción de educación liberal, la necesidad de la democracia y la idea de humanidad que aparecen en este argumento, con el fin de preguntarnos sobre la importancia que se le da al estudio especializado de las humanidades en la educación superior, lo que se entiende por ellas, su autonomía frente a su función para la democracia, y la manera en que educan la forma en que vemos a los otros y nos relacionamos con ellos. 

  3. DE LAS FORMAS Y DE LAS EXPERIENCIAS CAMPESINAS DE LA ESCLAVITUD: CAMPESINOS NEGROS EN RÍO DE JANEIRO, 1840-1890

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    Full Text Available En este artículo volvemos a abordar las conexiones históricas en la formación de un campesinado negro durante la esclavitud y las primeras décadas de la emancipación. Consideramos que diversas experiencias campesinas- constitución de comunidades de campesinos negros- en Río de Janeiro se constituyeron en los intercambios económicos, culturales y simbólicos de las comunidades de fugitivos ( quilombos y mocambos y las comunidades de senzalas . Desde el punto de vista teórico y metodológico, escudriñar dichos procesos de conexiones históricas nos permite ver las semejanzas y permanencias en los modelos de ocupación agraria y las expectativas de autonomía y acceso a la tierra entre las últimas décadas de la esclavitud y los estudios clásicos.

  4. Maternidad adolescente de las jovenes tuteladas en Cataluña

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    Zárate Alva, Nair Elizabeth

    2013-01-01

    Los jóvenes tutelados experimentan muchas dificultades en su transición a la vida adulta. Un 30% de las jóvenes tuteladas se convierten en madres adolescentes lo cual aún dificulta más su proceso de autonomía. Las jóvenes tuteladas empiezan sus relaciones sexuales antes que sus pares y tienen más parejas sexuales, a pesar de que los educadores les dan pleno acceso a la información y a los métodos contraceptivos. Objetivo: El objetivo del estudio es analizar los factores cognitivos, afecti...

  5. Sobre las políticas de investigación en la universidad

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    Jorge Charum

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available La definición de las orientaciones políticas investigativas en el interior de las universidades debe tener en cuenta tanto las políticas nacionales como las políticas propias de los grupos de investigación. Estas transformaciones sociocognitivas en la noción de investigación que progresivamente se están dando debido a los contextos sociales en los que se realizan, han de atenderse en cuenta en la concepción y la puesta en marcha de las políticas, partiendo de las capacidades institucionales. La noción de programa de investigación puede servir de referencia para ordenar y organizar las actividades interiores de los investigadores y de los grupos de investigación. La constitución de la memoria estructurada sobre las dinámicas de la investigación puede servir de base para conseguir una autonomía en el campo de la investigación.

  6. Las marcas propias en Colombia

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    Carlos Felipe Payán Rodríguez

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available El artículo analiza la situación actual de las marcas propias en Colombia, teniendo en cuenta su creciente auge al interior de las grandes superficies. Mediante este tipo de marcas el mismo distribuidor vende productos y servicios con su nombre o recurriendo a una marca de su propiedad, compitiendo con las marcas ya posicionadas en el mercado de los fabricantes. El texto se articula, primero, en una contextualización con base en doctrina comparada respecto de las marcas propias. Luego, se aplican las reglas de dichos conceptos doctrinales a la situación actual colombiana. Por último, se plantean dos problemas jurídicos respecto de las marcas propias, uno, analizado desde la propiedad industrial, y el otro, desde las reglas del Estatuto del Consumidor.

  7. Autonomía femenina y factores asociados al uso de servicios maternos en Colombia (2010

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    Ángela Rocío López

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    Full Text Available En este artículo analizamos empíricamente los factores que inciden en la decisión del uso de atención materna en Colombia para el 2010. Estimamos un modelo logístico- binomial para explicar la asistencia de las mujeres a controles prenatales y la atención médica en el parto, utilizando una submuestra de la Encuesta Nacional de Demografía y Salud de 2010. Entre las variables consideradas están la edad de la mujer, el número de hijos o hijas, el índice de riqueza del hogar, el nivel educativo de la mujer y su cónyuge, algunas dimensiones de autonomía femenina, entre otros. Los resultados indican que el nivel educativo, la región de residencia y la participación de la mujer en las decisiones sobre su salud y el uso de anticonceptivos, son las variables que más influenciaron en la probabilidad de emplear servicios maternos.

  8. Las narcodemocracias andinas

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    Olivier DABÈNE

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: Los países de América Latina están afectados en diferentes aspectos por el tráfico de drogas. En especial, en los países andinos, esta actividad ha condicionado de manera decisiva el tipo de régimen democrático iniciado en algún caso en la década de 1980, como Perú o Bolivia, o el régimen colombiano. El autor califica a estos regímenes como narcodemocracias por los efectos del tráfico de drogas no sólo en el orden social y económico, que analiza de forma profunda, sino por la politización del narcotráfico. Las respuestas de las democracias han sido bien distintas en los tres casos analizados, afectando, sin embargo, en todos ellos, a la gobernabilidad de las mismas y a su legitimidad.ABSTRACT: Latin American countries are affected by narcotrafico in different aspects. Particularly, in Andean countries, this activity has deeply conditioned the type of democratic regime installed in some cases in the eighties, as Perou and Bolivia, or the colombian regimen. The author characterizes these regimes as narcodemocracias by effects of narcotrafico in them, not only in social and economic arenas, but also by the politization of narcotrafico. Responses of democracies have been very different in these cases analyzed in the article. Nevertheless, in all of them, governability and legitmity of democracy are affected.

  9. Autonomous microexplosives subsurface tracing system final report.

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    Engler, Bruce Phillip; Nogan, John; Melof, Brian Matthew; Uhl, James Eugene; Dulleck, George R., Jr.; Ingram, Brian V.; Grubelich, Mark Charles; Rivas, Raul R.; Cooper, Paul W.; Warpinski, Norman Raymond; Kravitz, Stanley H.

    2004-04-01

    The objective of the autonomous micro-explosive subsurface tracing system is to image the location and geometry of hydraulically induced fractures in subsurface petroleum reservoirs. This system is based on the insertion of a swarm of autonomous micro-explosive packages during the fracturing process, with subsequent triggering of the energetic material to create an array of micro-seismic sources that can be detected and analyzed using existing seismic receiver arrays and analysis software. The project included investigations of energetic mixtures, triggering systems, package size and shape, and seismic output. Given the current absence of any technology capable of such high resolution mapping of subsurface structures, this technology has the potential for major impact on petroleum industry, which spends approximately $1 billion dollar per year on hydraulic fracturing operations in the United States alone.

  10. Promotion of autonomous employment among unemployed youth

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    Olga González Morales

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The promotion of the enterprising spirit and the support to the entrepreneurship and to self-employed are lines of performance that the European Commission recommends to the members states to help the young men and unemployed adults to look for a professional exit in the field of the autonomous employment. This work analyzes one of the lines of performance as for support to the creation of employment: the evolution of the number of beneficiaries taken refuge in the program of support to the autonomous Spanish employment during the period of 1998-2002, with special reference to the implication of the 25-year-old minor young men in the same one.

  11. Forced synchronization of autonomous dynamical Boolean networks

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    Rivera-Durón, R. R., E-mail: roberto.rivera@ipicyt.edu.mx; Campos-Cantón, E., E-mail: eric.campos@ipicyt.edu.mx [División de Matemáticas Aplicadas, Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica A. C., Camino a la Presa San José 2055, Col. Lomas 4 Sección, C.P. 78216, San Luis Potosí, S.L.P. (Mexico); Campos-Cantón, I. [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Álvaro Obregón 64, C.P. 78000, San Luis Potosí, S.L.P. (Mexico); Gauthier, Daniel J. [Department of Physics and Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems, Duke University, Box 90305, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States)

    2015-08-15

    We present the design of an autonomous time-delay Boolean network realized with readily available electronic components. Through simulations and experiments that account for the detailed nonlinear response of each circuit element, we demonstrate that a network with five Boolean nodes displays complex behavior. Furthermore, we show that the dynamics of two identical networks display near-instantaneous synchronization to a periodic state when forced by a common periodic Boolean signal. A theoretical analysis of the network reveals the conditions under which complex behavior is expected in an individual network and the occurrence of synchronization in the forced networks. This research will enable future experiments on autonomous time-delay networks using readily available electronic components with dynamics on a slow enough time-scale so that inexpensive data collection systems can faithfully record the dynamics.

  12. Forced synchronization of autonomous dynamical Boolean networks.

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    Rivera-Durón, R R; Campos-Cantón, E; Campos-Cantón, I; Gauthier, Daniel J

    2015-08-01

    We present the design of an autonomous time-delay Boolean network realized with readily available electronic components. Through simulations and experiments that account for the detailed nonlinear response of each circuit element, we demonstrate that a network with five Boolean nodes displays complex behavior. Furthermore, we show that the dynamics of two identical networks display near-instantaneous synchronization to a periodic state when forced by a common periodic Boolean signal. A theoretical analysis of the network reveals the conditions under which complex behavior is expected in an individual network and the occurrence of synchronization in the forced networks. This research will enable future experiments on autonomous time-delay networks using readily available electronic components with dynamics on a slow enough time-scale so that inexpensive data collection systems can faithfully record the dynamics.

  13. Autonomous rough terrain navigation - Lessons learned

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    Miller, David P.

    1991-01-01

    Because of light-time delays, a planetary rover located on Mars or beyond will probably need to be able to navigate autonomously, in order to do significant exploration. Recent work at JPL has explored several different autonomous navigation strategies. This work includes highly deliberative methods that require large amounts of computation and internal storage but yield very planful behavior to more reactive systems that require less resources but whose behavior is more difficult to model. This paper briefly presents these methods, the results from experiments both in simulation and in the field, and some conclusions on the value of different approaches, and their possible impact on the structure of the robot and the mission architecture.

  14. Outdoor Field Experience with Autonomous Stations

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    Lopes, L; Blanco, A; Carolino, N; Cerda, M A; Conceicao, R; Cunha, O; Ferreira, M; Fonte, P; Luz, R; Mendes, L; Pereira, A; Pimenta, M; Sarmento, R; Tome, B

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    In the last two decades Resistive Plate Chambers were employed in the Cosmic Ray Experiments COVER-PLASTEX and ARGO/YBJ. In both experiments the detectors were housed indoors, likely owing to gas distribution requirements and the need to control environment variables that directly affect RPCs operational stability. But in experiments where Extended Air Shower (EAS) sampling is necessary, large area arrays composed by dispersed stations are deployed, rendering this kind of approach impossible. In this situation, it would be mandatory to have detectors that could be deployed in small standalone stations, with very rare opportunities for maintenance, and with good resilience to environmental conditions. Aiming to meet these requirements, we started some years ago the development of RPCs for Autonomous Stations. The results from indoor tests and measurements were very promising, both concerning performance and stability under very low gas flow rate, which is the main requirement for Autonomous Stations. In this w...

  15. Autonomous reinforcement learning with experience replay.

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    Wawrzyński, Paweł; Tanwani, Ajay Kumar

    2013-05-01

    This paper considers the issues of efficiency and autonomy that are required to make reinforcement learning suitable for real-life control tasks. A real-time reinforcement learning algorithm is presented that repeatedly adjusts the control policy with the use of previously collected samples, and autonomously estimates the appropriate step-sizes for the learning updates. The algorithm is based on the actor-critic with experience replay whose step-sizes are determined on-line by an enhanced fixed point algorithm for on-line neural network training. An experimental study with simulated octopus arm and half-cheetah demonstrates the feasibility of the proposed algorithm to solve difficult learning control problems in an autonomous way within reasonably short time. PMID:23237972

  16. Autonomous Rovers for Polar Science Campaigns

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    Lever, J. H.; Ray, L. E.; Williams, R. M.; Morlock, A. M.; Burzynski, A. M.

    2012-12-01

    We have developed and deployed two over-snow autonomous rovers able to conduct remote science campaigns on Polar ice sheets. Yeti is an 80-kg, four-wheel-drive (4WD) battery-powered robot with 3 - 4 hr endurance, and Cool Robot is a 60-kg 4WD solar-powered robot with unlimited endurance during Polar summers. Both robots navigate using GPS waypoint-following to execute pre-planned courses autonomously, and they can each carry or tow 20 - 160 kg instrument payloads over typically firm Polar snowfields. In 2008 - 12, we deployed Yeti to conduct autonomous ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys to detect hidden crevasses to help establish safe routes for overland resupply of research stations at South Pole, Antarctica, and Summit, Greenland. We also deployed Yeti with GPR at South Pole in 2011 to identify the locations of potentially hazardous buried buildings from the original 1950's-era station. Autonomous surveys remove personnel from safety risks posed during manual GPR surveys by undetected crevasses or buried buildings. Furthermore, autonomous surveys can yield higher quality and more comprehensive data than manual ones: Yeti's low ground pressure (20 kPa) allows it to cross thinly bridged crevasses or other voids without interrupting a survey, and well-defined survey grids allow repeated detection of buried voids to improve detection reliability and map their extent. To improve survey efficiency, we have automated the mapping of detected hazards, currently identified via post-survey manual review of the GPR data. Additionally, we are developing machine-learning algorithms to detect crevasses autonomously in real time, with reliability potentially higher than manual real-time detection. These algorithms will enable the rover to relay crevasse locations to a base station for near real-time mapping and decision-making. We deployed Cool Robot at Summit Station in 2005 to verify its mobility and power budget over Polar snowfields. Using solar power, this zero

  17. Auditory stimulation and cardiac autonomic regulation

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    Vitor E. Valenti

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies have already demonstrated that auditory stimulation with music influences the cardiovascular system. In this study, we described the relationship between musical auditory stimulation and heart rate variability. Searches were performed with the Medline, SciELO, Lilacs and Cochrane databases using the following keywords: "auditory stimulation", "autonomic nervous system", "music" and "heart rate variability". The selected studies indicated that there is a strong correlation between noise intensity and vagal-sympathetic balance. Additionally, it was reported that music therapy improved heart rate variability in anthracycline-treated breast cancer patients. It was hypothesized that dopamine release in the striatal system induced by pleasurable songs is involved in cardiac autonomic regulation. Musical auditory stimulation influences heart rate variability through a neural mechanism that is not well understood. Further studies are necessary to develop new therapies to treat cardiovascular disorders.

  18. Autonomous Robot Navigation based on Visual Landmarks

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    Livatino, Salvatore

    2005-01-01

    autonomous navigation and self-localization using automatically selected landmarks. The thesis investigates autonomous robot navigation and proposes a new method which benefits from the potential of the visual sensor to provide accuracy and reliability to the navigation process while relying on naturally......The use of landmarks for robot navigation is a popular alternative to having a geometrical model of the environment through which to navigate and monitor self-localization. If the landmarks are defined as special visual structures already in the environment then we have the possibility of fully...... available environment features (natural landmarks). The goal is also to integrate techniques and algorithms (also related to other research field) in the same navigation system, in order to improve localization performance and system autonomy. The proposed localization strategy is based on a continuous...

  19. 13th International Conference Intelligent Autonomous Systems

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    Michael, Nathan; Berns, Karsten; Yamaguchi, Hiroaki

    2016-01-01

    This book describes the latest research accomplishments, innovations, and visions in the field of robotics as presented at the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS), held in Padua in July 2014, by leading researchers, engineers, and practitioners from across the world. The contents amply confirm that robots, machines, and systems are rapidly achieving intelligence and autonomy, mastering more and more capabilities such as mobility and manipulation, sensing and perception, reasoning, and decision making. A wide range of research results and applications are covered, and particular attention is paid to the emerging role of autonomous robots and intelligent systems in industrial production, which reflects their maturity and robustness. The contributions have been selected through a rigorous peer-review process and contain many exciting and visionary ideas that will further galvanize the research community, spurring novel research directions. The series of biennial IAS conferences ...

  20. Development of autonomous grasping and navigating robot

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    Kudoh, Hiroyuki; Fujimoto, Keisuke; Nakayama, Yasuichi

    2015-01-01

    The ability to find and grasp target items in an unknown environment is important for working robots. We developed an autonomous navigating and grasping robot. The operations are locating a requested item, moving to where the item is placed, finding the item on a shelf or table, and picking the item up from the shelf or the table. To achieve these operations, we designed the robot with three functions: an autonomous navigating function that generates a map and a route in an unknown environment, an item position recognizing function, and a grasping function. We tested this robot in an unknown environment. It achieved a series of operations: moving to a destination, recognizing the positions of items on a shelf, picking up an item, placing it on a cart with its hand, and returning to the starting location. The results of this experiment show the applicability of reducing the workforce with robots.

  1. Autonomous vehicle platforms from modular robotic components

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    Schonlau, William J.

    2004-09-01

    A brief survey of current autonomous vehicle (AV) projects is presented with intent to find common infrastructure or subsystems that can be configured from commercially available modular robotic components, thereby providing developers with greatly reduced timelines and costs and encouraging focus on the selected problem domain. The Modular Manipulator System (MMS) robotic system, based on single degree of freedom rotary and linear modules, is introduced and some approaches to autonomous vehicle configuration and deployment are examined. The modules may be configured to provide articulated suspensions for very rugged terrain and fall recovery, articulated sensors and tooling plus a limited capacity for self repair and self reconfiguration. The MMS on-board visually programmed control software (Model Manager) supports experimentation with novel physical configurations and behavior algorithms via real-time 3D graphics for operations simulation and provides useful subsystems for vision, learning and planning to host intelligent behavior.

  2. Iatrogenic urological triggers of autonomic dysreflexia

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    Liu, N; Zhou, M; Biering-Sørensen, F;

    2015-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: This is a systematic review. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to review the literature on iatrogenic urological triggers of autonomic dysreflexia (AD). SETTING: This study was conducted in an international setting. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted from Pub......Med search using AD/ autonomic hyperreflexia and spinal cord injury (SCI). Studies selected for review involved iatrogenic urological triggers of AD in individuals with SCI, including original articles, previous practice guidelines, case reports and literature reviews. Studies that did not report AD or blood...... pressure (BP) assessments during urological procedures were excluded. RESULTS: Forty studies were included for analysis and categorized into four groups: (1) urodynamics and cystometry; (2) cystoscopy and transurethral litholapaxy; (3) extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL); and (4) other procedures...

  3. Las computadoras inteligentes

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    Lara-Rojo, Fernando

    1991-01-01

    Se habla de la inteligencia artificial como un campo de la ciencia de computación que tiene por objetivo construir computadoras capaces de hacerse cargo de tareas para cuya realización se supone que es necesario contar con cierto grado de “inteligencia”. Se explora el panorama tecnológico y de investigación, y se plantean algunas de las dificultades a enfrentar. Incluye obra fotográfica de Durruty de alba, Rigo Moreno y Pablo Araiza, reproducida en blanco y negro.

  4. Las culturas no existen

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    Joel Feliu i Samuel-Lajeunesse

    2004-01-01

    Tras un somero recordatorio del hecho, a menudo olvidado, de que la cultura no es una realidad social sino tan solo un concepto, el artículo pretende argumentar en pro de la inexistencia de tal entidad (a pesar de las apariencias). La pregunta principal a la que se intenta responder es cual es el papel ideológico que tiene la idea de cultura, es decir ¿qué efectos de construcción de realidad genera? Para ello se realiza una crítica del concepto y de sus usos argumentando que tanto el concepto...

  5. en las empresas murcianas

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    Angel Meroño Cerdán

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Con el fin de aumentar la confianza de usuarios y compradores electrónicos se está desarrollando un marco regulador protagonizado por la LSSI y la LOPD. Este trabajo analiza el cumplimiento de estas leyes en materia de la información que debe presentarse en el sitio web empresarial. Sólo un 10,5% y un 14,8% de las empresas del sector servicios murcianas cumplen todos los requisitos de la LSSI y la LOPD, respectivamente. Estos resultados ponen de manifiesto el desconocimiento de estas leyes.

  6. Las pandillas transnacionales centroamericanas

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    Ortiz Vila, Ignacio

    2012-01-01

    En Centroamérica las pandillas transnacionales han tomado relevancia en el en la región en la medida que fueron expandiendo sus redes por todo el territorio. Entre sus actividades se encuentran: los secuestros, la trata de personas, el sicariato y la distribución de drogas. En la actualidad debería ser prioridad para la región encontrar una solución a través del trabajo coordinando y compartiendo experiencias que resulten efectivas para la resolución de esta problematica. Estos nuevos actores...

  7. Tributos negociados: Las “questie”/subsidios de las villas catalanas en la primera mitad del siglo XIV

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    Sánchez Martínez, Manuel

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available This article examines the questie/ subsidies requested by the Catalan- Aragonese monarchs from the towns of the royal domain of Catalonia between 1309 and 1359. From the point of view of the Crown, the importance of these tributes lies in the fact that they were the monarchy’s main way of financing prior to the transcendental changes in taxation of the decades of 1350 and 1360. And, from the point of view of the towns, the necessity to negotiate with the king and his officials, year after year, the amount of the questie/subsidies due in every small city, contributed to the increasing financial autonomy of the municipalities and, beyond that, to the social and institutional coordination of that community.

    En este artículo se estudian las questie/subsidios pedidas por los monarcas catalanoaragoneses a las villas de realengo de Cataluña entre 1309 y 1359. Desde el punto de vista de la Corona, la importancia de estos tributos radica en que fueron la principal forma de financiación de la monarquía antes de las trascendentales transformaciones fiscales de las décadas de 1350 y 1360. Y, desde la perspectiva de las villas, la necesidad de negociar con el rey y sus oficiales, año por año, el volumen de las questie/subsidios a pagar por cada pequeña ciudad contribuyó a la creciente autonomía financiera de los municipios y, más allá, a la vertebración social e institucional de la propia comunidad.

  8. An autonomous boat based Synthetic Aperture Sonar

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    Sergio Rui Silva; Sergio Cunha; Anibal Matos; Nuno Cruz

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes a Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system being developed at the University of Porto to be used in a small autonomous boat for the survey of shallow water environments, such as rivers, deltas, estuaries and dams. Its purpose is to obtain high resolution echo reflectivity maps through synthetic aperture techniques, taking advantage of the high precision navigation system of the boat. In the future the production of bottom tomography maps is also considered through the use of...

  9. Visual SLAM for Autonomous Navigation of MAVs

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    Yang, Shaowu

    2014-01-01

    This thesis focuses on developing onboard visual simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) systems to enable autonomous navigation of micro aerial vehicles (MAVs), which is still a challenging topic considering the limited payload and computational capability that an MAV normally has. In MAV applications, the visual SLAM systems are required to be very efficient, especially when other visual tasks have to be done in parallel. Furthermore, robustness in pose tracking is highly desired in or...

  10. Modelling tunnel thrusters for autonomous underwater vehicles

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    Palmer, A.; Hearn, G.E.; Stevenson, P

    2008-01-01

    With 900 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) required over the next decade (Newman et al., 2007) existing survey-style AUVs need improved utilization factors. Additional control devices to extend operational capability need consideration together with the interchange between AUV control approaches. This paper considers supplementary through-body tunnel thruster control during the transition from survey operation to low-speed manoeuvring. Modified manoeuvring equations permit investigation o...

  11. Model Predictive Control of Autonomous Vehicles

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    Zanon, Mario; Frasch, Janick V.; Vukov, Milan; Sager, Sebastian; Diehl, Moritz

    2014-01-01

    International audience The control of autonomous vehicles is a challenging task that requires advanced control schemes. Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) and Moving Horizon Estimation (MHE) are optimization-based control and estimation techniques that are able to deal with highly nonlinear, constrained, unstable and fast dynamic systems. In this chapter, these techniques are detailed, a descriptive nonlinear model is derived and the performance of the proposed control scheme is dem...

  12. Feasible Path Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

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    Vu Trieu Minh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is to find feasible path planning algorithms for nonholonomic vehicles including flatness, polynomial, and symmetric polynomial trajectories subject to the real vehicle dynamical constraints. Performances of these path planning methods are simulated and compared to evaluate the more realistic and smoother generated trajectories. Results show that the symmetric polynomial algorithm provides the smoothest trajectory. Therefore, this algorithm is recommended for the development of an automatic control for autonomous vehicles.

  13. Development of an Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Niewada, Valentin

    2015-01-01

    Although the robotics community did a lot of research in the field of autonomous mobile robotics, there are still many unsolved challenges. With this dynamic, the European Robotics Challenges (EUROC) aim at enhancing mobile robotics research by building concrete projects with industrial applications. During my final year internship for the Télécom Physique Strasbourg’s Engineering Degree which has taken place in the Robotics and Mechatronics Institute at the DLR Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany),...

  14. A memory model for autonomous virtual humans

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    Peters, Christopher; O'SULLIVAN, CAROL ANN

    2002-01-01

    PUBLISHED A memory model based on ?stage theory?, the dominant view of memory from the field of cognitive psychology, is presented for application to autonomous virtual humans. The virtual human senses external stimuli through a synthetic vision system. The vision system incorporates multiple modes of vision in order to accommodate a perceptual attention approach. The memory model is used to store perceived and attended object data at different stages in a filtering process....

  15. The utility of pollination for autonomic computing

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    Kasinger, Holger; Bauer, Bernhard

    2006-01-01

    From the biology’s point of view, pollination is an important step in the reproduction of seed plants. From our point of view, pollination is a promising and novel, biological paradigm for future dependable and self-managing computing systems. This estimation is based on the characteristics the pollination process between plants and insects implies inherently. To utilize pollination as a paradigm for self-managing and thus autonomic computing systems, this paper identifies the useful prope...

  16. Interception and Rendezvous Between Autonomous Vehicles

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    Crispin, Yechiel J.

    2008-01-01

    The interception and rendezvous problems between two autonomous vehicles moving in an underwater environment has been treated using an optimal control formulation with terminal constraints. The vehicles have a constant thrust propulsion system and use the direction of the thrust vector for steering and control. We use a genetic algorithm to determine directly the control history of the vehicle by evolving populations of possible solutions of initial value problems. In order to fulfill the fin...

  17. Miniature Autonomous Rocket Recovery System (MARRS)

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    Yakimenko, O.A.; Yingling, A.J.; Hewgley, C.W.; Seigenthaler, T.A.

    2011-01-01

    The article of record as published may be located at http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-2597 Proceedings of the 21st AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, Dublin, Ireland, May 23-26, 2011. This paper discusses the development and testing of the new-generation recovery system in highpowered rockets. It starts from the overall description of the rocket system, the requirements of the Miniature Autonomous Rocket Recovery System (MARRS) and is followed by a descrip...

  18. Flocking algorithm for autonomous flying robots.

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    Virágh, Csaba; Vásárhelyi, Gábor; Tarcai, Norbert; Szörényi, Tamás; Somorjai, Gergő; Nepusz, Tamás; Vicsek, Tamás

    2014-06-01

    Animal swarms displaying a variety of typical flocking patterns would not exist without the underlying safe, optimal and stable dynamics of the individuals. The emergence of these universal patterns can be efficiently reconstructed with agent-based models. If we want to reproduce these patterns with artificial systems, such as autonomous aerial robots, agent-based models can also be used in their control algorithms. However, finding the proper algorithms and thus understanding the essential characteristics of the emergent collective behaviour requires thorough and realistic modeling of the robot and also the environment. In this paper, we first present an abstract mathematical model of an autonomous flying robot. The model takes into account several realistic features, such as time delay and locality of communication, inaccuracy of the on-board sensors and inertial effects. We present two decentralized control algorithms. One is based on a simple self-propelled flocking model of animal collective motion, the other is a collective target tracking algorithm. Both algorithms contain a viscous friction-like term, which aligns the velocities of neighbouring agents parallel to each other. We show that this term can be essential for reducing the inherent instabilities of such a noisy and delayed realistic system. We discuss simulation results on the stability of the control algorithms, and perform real experiments to show the applicability of the algorithms on a group of autonomous quadcopters. In our case, bio-inspiration works in two ways. On the one hand, the whole idea of trying to build and control a swarm of robots comes from the observation that birds tend to flock to optimize their behaviour as a group. On the other hand, by using a realistic simulation framework and studying the group behaviour of autonomous robots we can learn about the major factors influencing the flight of bird flocks. PMID:24852272

  19. Impact of autonomous vehicles on urban mobility

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    Azmat, Muhammad

    2015-01-01

    The urban population is growing at an exponential rate throughout the world leading to the problems related to swift and speedy mobility or issues caused by convectional mobility options. This study illustrates and explores the new ways to transport people specially taking into account the self-driving cars concept and discusses the concept of mobility 4.0 (smart / intelligent mobility) and briefly highlights the technological aspects of autonomous vehicles, adaptation advantages and progress...

  20. Collaborative reinforcement learning of autonomic behaviour

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    Dowling, Jim; CUNNINGHAM, RAYMOND; Curran, Eoin; Cahill, Vinny

    2004-01-01

    peer-reviewed This paper introduces Collaborative Reinforcement Learning (CRL), a coordination model for solving system-wide optimisation problems in distributed systems where there is no support for global state. In CRL the autonomic properties of a distributed system emerge from the coordination of individual agents solving discrete optimisation problems using Reinforcement Learning. In the context of an ad hoc routing protocol, we show how system-wide optimisation in CRL can be used t...

  1. Precise laser gyroscope for autonomous inertial navigation

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    Kuznetsov, A G; Molchanov, A V; Izmailov, E A [Joint Stock Company ' Moscow Institute of Electromechanics and Automatics' , Moscow (Russian Federation); Chirkin, M V [Ryazan State Radio Engineering University (Russian Federation)

    2015-01-31

    Requirements to gyroscopes of strapdown inertial navigation systems for aircraft application are formulated. The construction of a ring helium – neon laser designed for autonomous navigation is described. The processes that determine the laser service life and the relation between the random error of the angular velocity measurement and the surface relief features of the cavity mirrors are analysed. The results of modelling one of the promising approaches to processing the laser gyroscope signals are presented. (laser gyroscopes)

  2. System for autonomous monitoring of bioagents

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    Langlois, Richard G.; Milanovich, Fred P.; Colston, Jr, Billy W.; Brown, Steve B.; Masquelier, Don A.; Mariella, Jr., Raymond P.; Venkateswaran, Kodomudi

    2015-06-09

    An autonomous monitoring system for monitoring for bioagents. A collector gathers the air, water, soil, or substance being monitored. A sample preparation means for preparing a sample is operatively connected to the collector. A detector for detecting the bioagents in the sample is operatively connected to the sample preparation means. One embodiment of the present invention includes confirmation means for confirming the bioagents in the sample.

  3. Autonomous Spacecraft Communication Interface for Load Planning

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    Dever, Timothy P.; May, Ryan D.; Morris, Paul H.

    2014-01-01

    Ground-based controllers can remain in continuous communication with spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO) with near-instantaneous communication speeds. This permits near real-time control of all of the core spacecraft systems by ground personnel. However, as NASA missions move beyond LEO, light-time communication delay issues, such as time lag and low bandwidth, will prohibit this type of operation. As missions become more distant, autonomous control of manned spacecraft will be required. The focus of this paper is the power subsystem. For present missions, controllers on the ground develop a complete schedule of power usage for all spacecraft components. This paper presents work currently underway at NASA to develop an architecture for an autonomous spacecraft, and focuses on the development of communication between the Mission Manager and the Autonomous Power Controller. These two systems must work together in order to plan future load use and respond to unanticipated plan deviations. Using a nominal spacecraft architecture and prototype versions of these two key components, a number of simulations are run under a variety of operational conditions, enabling development of content and format of the messages necessary to achieve the desired goals. The goals include negotiation of a load schedule that meets the global requirements (contained in the Mission Manager) and local power system requirements (contained in the Autonomous Power Controller), and communication of off-plan disturbances that arise while executing a negotiated plan. The message content is developed in two steps: first, a set of rapid-prototyping "paper" simulations are preformed; then the resultant optimized messages are codified for computer communication for use in automated testing.

  4. Auditory stimulation and cardiac autonomic regulation

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    Vitor E Valenti; Guida, Heraldo L.; Frizzo, Ana C F; Cardoso, Ana C. V.; Vanderlei, Luiz Carlos M; Luiz Carlos de Abreu

    2012-01-01

    Previous studies have already demonstrated that auditory stimulation with music influences the cardiovascular system. In this study, we described the relationship between musical auditory stimulation and heart rate variability. Searches were performed with the Medline, SciELO, Lilacs and Cochrane databases using the following keywords: "auditory stimulation", "autonomic nervous system", "music" and "heart rate variability". The selected studies indicated that there is a strong correlation bet...

  5. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle „ABYSS“

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    Linke, Peter; Lackschewitz, Klas

    2016-01-01

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) „ABYSS“ is a modular AUV designed to survey the ocean combining geophysical studies of the seafloor with oceanographic investigations of the overlying water column. The basic mission of ABYSS is deep-sea exploration, specifically in volcanically and tectonically active parts, such as mid-ocean ridges. With a maximum mission depth of 6000 meters, the AUV uses several technologies to map the seafloor accurately and determine its geological ...

  6. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle „ABYSS“

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    Linke, Peter; Lackschewitz, Klas

    2016-01-01

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) „ABYSS“ is a modular AUV designed to survey the ocean combining geophysical studies of the seafloor with oceanographic investigations of the overlying water column. The basic mission of ABYSS is deep-sea exploration, specifically in volcanically and tectonically active parts, such as mid-ocean ridges. With a maximum mission depth of 6000 meters, the AUV uses several technologies to map the seafloor accurately and determine its geological structure with ...

  7. Multi-mission, autonomous, synthetic aperture radar

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    Walls, Thomas J.; Wilson, Michael L.; Madsen, David; Jensen, Mark; Sullivan, Stephanie; Addario, Michael; Hally, Iain

    2014-05-01

    Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) have become a critical asset in current battlespaces and continue to play an increasing role for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. With the development of medium-to-low altitude, rapidly deployable aircraft platforms, the ISR community has seen an increasing push to develop ISR sensors and systems with real-time mission support capabilities. This paper describes recent flight demonstrations and test results of the RASAR (Real-time, Autonomous, Synthetic Aperture Radar) sensor system. RASAR is a modular, multi-band (L and X) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging sensor designed for self-contained, autonomous, real-time operation with mission flexibility to support a wide range of ISR needs within the size, weight and power constraints of Group III UASs. The sensor command and control and real-time image formation processing are designed to allow integration of RASAR into a larger, multi-intelligence system of systems. The multi-intelligence architecture and a demonstration of real-time autonomous cross-cueing of a separate optical sensor will be presented.

  8. SOLON: An autonomous vehicle mission planner

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    Dudziak, M. J.

    1987-01-01

    The State-Operator Logic Machine (SOLON) Planner provides an architecture for effective real-time planning and replanning for an autonomous vehicle. The highlights of the system, which distinguish it from other AI-based planners that have been designed previously, are its hybrid application of state-driven control architecture and the use of both schematic representations and logic programming for the management of its knowledge base. SOLON is designed to provide multiple levels of planning for a single autonomous vehicle which is supplied with a skeletal, partially-specified mission plan at the outset of the vehicle's operations. This mission plan consists of a set of objectives, each of which will be decomposable by the planner into tasks. These tasks are themselves comparatively complex sets of actions which are executable by a conventional real-time control system which does not perform planning but which is capable of making adjustments or modifications to the provided tasks according to constraints and tolerances provided by the Planner. The current implementation of the SOLON is in the form of a real-time simulation of the Planner module of an Intelligent Vehicle Controller (IVC) on-board an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The simulation is embedded within a larger simulator environment known as ICDS (Intelligent Controller Development System) operating on a Symbolics 3645/75 computer.

  9. Reference test courses for autonomous mobile robots

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    Jacoff, Adam; Messina, Elena; Evans, John

    2001-09-01

    One approach to measuring the performance of intelligent systems is to develop standardized or reproducible tests. These tests may be in a simulated environment or in a physical test course. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a test course for evaluating the performance of mobile autonomous robots operating in an urban search and rescue mission. The test course is designed to simulate a collapsed building structure at various levels of fidelity. The course will be used in robotic competitions, such as the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Mobile Robot Competition and the RoboCup Rescue. Designed to be repeatable and highly reconfigurable, the test course challenges a robot's cognitive capabilities such as perception, knowledge representation, planning, autonomy and collaboration. The goal of the test course is to help define useful performance metrics for autonomous mobile robots which, if widely accepted, could accelerate development of advanced robotic capabilities by promoting the re-use of algorithms and system components. The course may also serve as a prototype for further development of performance testing environments which enable robot developers and purchasers to objectively evaluate robots for a particular application. In this paper we discuss performance metrics for autonomous mobile robots, the use of representative urban search and rescue scenarios as a challenge domain, and the design criteria for the test course.

  10. Autonomous system for cross-country navigation

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    Stentz, Anthony; Brumitt, Barry L.; Coulter, R. C.; Kelly, Alonzo

    1993-05-01

    Autonomous cross-country navigation is essential for outdoor robots moving about in unstructured environments. Most existing systems use range sensors to determine the shape of the terrain, plan a trajectory that avoids obstacles, and then drive the trajectory. Performance has been limited by the range and accuracy of sensors, insufficient vehicle-terrain interaction models, and the availability of high-speed computers. As these elements improve, higher- speed navigation on rougher terrain becomes possible. We have developed a software system for autonomous navigation that provides for greater capability. The perception system supports a large braking distance by fusing multiple range images to build a map of the terrain in front of the vehicle. The system identifies range shadows and interpolates undersamples regions to account for rough terrain effects. The motion planner reduces computational complexity by investigating a minimum number of trajectories. Speeds along the trajectory are set to provide for dynamic stability. The entire system was tested in simulation, and a subset of the capability was demonstrated on a real vehicle. Results to date include a continuous 5.1 kilometer run across moderate terrain with obstacles. This paper begins with the applications, prior work, limitations, and current paradigms for autonomous cross-country navigation, and then describes our contribution to the area.

  11. Applying neural networks in autonomous systems

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    Thornbrugh, Allison L.; Layne, J. D.; Wilson, James M., III

    1992-03-01

    Autonomous and teleautonomous operations have been defined in a variety of ways by different groups involved with remote robotic operations. For example, Conway describes architectures for producing intelligent actions in teleautonomous systems. Applying neural nets in such systems is similar to applying them in general. However, for autonomy, learning or learned behavior may become a significant system driver. Thus, artificial neural networks are being evaluated as components in fully autonomous and teleautonomous systems. Feed- forward networks may be trained to perform adaptive signal processing, pattern recognition, data fusion, and function approximation -- as in control subsystems. Certain components of particular autonomous systems become more amenable to implementation using a neural net due to a match between the net's attributes and desired attributes of the system component. Criteria have been developed for distinguishing such applications and then implementing them. The success of hardware implementation is a crucial part of this application evaluation process. Three basic applications of neural nets -- autoassociation, classification, and function approximation -- are used to exemplify this process and to highlight procedures that are followed during the requirements, design, and implementation phases. This paper assumes some familiarity with basic neural network terminology and concentrates upon the use of different neural network types while citing references that cover the underlying mathematics and related research.

  12. Review of Static Compensation of Autonomous Systems

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    Ambarnath Banerji

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Deregulation of the electric power energy market has thrown open opportunities for tapping the large number of small pockets of renewable energy sources with the asynchronous generators. Whether the power is supplied by asynchronous generator or by the grid at the remote location, its quality has become an important aspect for consumers of electricity. Efforts have been made to improve the power quality using passive filters, active filters and the new concept of Custom Power. Use of Custom power devices ensures that a load do not pollute the power supply of the other loads. One such custom power device is the DSTATCOM (Distribution Static Compensator which is connected in shunt at the load end. The heart of the DSTATCOM is an inverter. The focus on the autonomous generation has increased in the recent years. The paper presents a comprehensive review of the DSTATCOM used for autonomous generation. It is aimed at providing a broad perspective on the status of DSTATCOM, used with Asynchronous generators, vis-à-vis its working principle, topology, solid state switching devices and technology, supply system, control methodologies and approaches, technical and economic considerations, etc. to researchers and application engineers dealing with power quality aspects of Autonomous Systems. Classified manner in which the references are presented in this paper will serve them as quick and useful reference.

  13. Hemicrania continua. Unquestionably a trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia.

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    Vincent, Maurice B

    2013-05-01

    Hemicrania continua (HC) is a well-known primary headache. The present version of the International Classification of Headache Disorders lists HC in the "other primary headaches" group. However, evidence has emerged demonstrating that HC is a phenotype that belongs to the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias together with cluster headache, paroxysmal hemicrania (PH), and short-lasting, unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing. This is supported by a common general clinical picture - paroxysmal, fluctuating, unilateral, side-locked headaches located to the ocular, frontal, and/or temporal regions, accompanied by ipsilateral autonomic dysfunctions including for example, tearing and conjunctival injection. Apart from the remarkable clinical similarities, the absolute and incomparable effect of indomethacin in HC parallels the effect of this drug in PH, suggesting a shared core pathogenesis. Finally, neuroimage findings demonstrate a posterior hypothalamic activation in HC similarly to cluster headache, PH, and short-lasting, unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing. Taken together, data indicate that HC is certainly a type of trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia that should no longer be placed in a group of miscellaneous primary headache disorders.

  14. Autoridades de transporte terrestre de pasajeros en el contexto de la conurbación: una necesaria visión regional de la actividad en el ejercicio de las competencias

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    Andrés Felipe López Gómez

    2015-01-01

    En este documento, conscientes de que las necesidades de movilización de las personas solo pueden ser adecuadamente satisfechas en una concepción integrada de los servicios de transporte –la que conlleva una visión regional de la actividad que no desconozca la autonomía de las entidades territoriales–, nos aproximamos a las competencias que para la organización del transporte han sido dispuestas en estos contextos. En esta tarea, luego de un breve recuento de las implicaciones del principio d...

  15. Autonomous and Autonomic Systems: A Paradigm for Future Space Exploration Missions

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    Truszkowski, Walter F.; Hinchey, Michael G.; Rash, James L.; Rouff, Christopher A.

    2004-01-01

    NASA increasingly will rely on autonomous systems concepts, not only in the mission control centers on the ground, but also on spacecraft and on rovers and other assets on extraterrestrial bodies. Automomy enables not only reduced operations costs, But also adaptable goal-driven functionality of mission systems. Space missions lacking autonomy will be unable to achieve the full range of advanced mission objectives, given that human control under dynamic environmental conditions will not be feasible due, in part, to the unavoidably high signal propagation latency and constrained data rates of mission communications links. While autonomy cost-effectively supports accomplishment of mission goals, autonomicity supports survivability of remote mission assets, especially when human tending is not feasible. Autonomic system properties (which ensure self-configuring, self-optimizing self-healing, and self-protecting behavior) conceptually may enable space missions of a higher order into any previously flown. Analysis of two NASA agent-based systems previously prototyped, and of a proposed future mission involving numerous cooperating spacecraft, illustrates how autonomous and autonomic system concepts may be brought to bear on future space missions.

  16. Límites a la autonomía indígena en la Amazonia colombiana

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    François Correa Rubio

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    Full Text Available En las últimas tres décadas, la imagen del Estado sobre la Amazonia se ha transformado. De considerarla como una región que solo producía gastos al erario público, las prospecciones minero-energéticas demuestran la presencia de recursos ávidamente demandados por el mercado mundial que aclimatará la política de reprimarización de la economía y la privatización de los procesos extractivos, en manos de empresas transnacionales, amparado en la propiedad estatal del subsuelo y en el de interés nacional con respecto a sus bienes. Paradójicamente, durante el mismo periodo, las normas nacionales e internacionales han reconocido la autonomía de los indígenas, como un derecho fundamental, que promovió su reorganización, bajo una entidad panétnica, con vínculosnacionales e internacionales, que participa de escenarios de concertación política con el Estado, en defensa de sus derechos colectivos, articulándolos con reivindicaciones popularesregionales. Aunque la autonomía no se restringe al control territorial, como siempre ocurre con las economías de enclave, su oneroso impacto se descargará sobre el territorioy sus pobladores, que en la Amazonia incluye más del 60 % de los grupos indígenas del país. Este artículo introduce la tensión sobre las expectativas y el reciente impacto de las políticas de intervención del Estado en la Amazonia y el proceso de reorganización del movimiento indígena. 

  17. La evaluación del desempeño de los servidores públicos de carrera administrativa y el desempeño organizacional de las corporaciones autónomas regionales de Colombia : estudio de caso en la Corporación Autónoma Regional de Caldas CORPOCALDAS = Performance assessment of public servants of career management and organizational performance of regional autonomy corporation Colombia : case study Autonomous Regional Corporation Of Caldas CORPOCALDAS

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    Jiménez García, Raúl

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    Medir el desempeño permite a las organizaciones conocer sus resultados actuales y proyectar sus objetivos en términos de su visión, misión y estrategias, le permite además convertir éstas últimas en acciones concretas, y dar una visión del desempeño del negocio (Kaplan y Norton, 2001). Las prácticas de evaluación del desempeño han sido ampliamente estudiadas en el sector productivo en empresas de carácter privado, como lo presentan los estudios de Álvarez y Calderón, 2006; Dolan, Schul...

  18. Las carreras del futuro

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    Luis Piscoya Hermoza

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available La primera década del siglo XXI ha estado signada por un énfasis en los estudiosde prospectiva, los mismos que, a partir de procesos de complejizacióny articulación de la sociedad planetaria como son la digitalización, el progresivodeterioro del medio ambiente, la necesidad del cambio de la matriz energéticay la globalización del mercado, han ensayado hipótesis para identificar lastendencias que se fortalecerán y profundizarán durante las próximas décadas.Desde el punto de vista metodológico, existen muchas maneras de clasificarlaspara conceptualizarlas y entenderlas mejor. Sin embargo, considerando lanaturaleza de esta edición nos proponemos enfocar directamente aquellas queestán estrechamente ligadas a la formación universitaria.Naturalmente, no pensamos que estamos ante tendencias inevitables en lamedida que epistemológicamente la creencia en leyes históricas deterministases insostenible y la práctica social nos muestra que la construcción del futuroes nuestra responsabilidad y siempre rebasa las mejores previsiones.

  19. Las cruces del olvido

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    Carla Fernandes

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Les tragiques événements du « mars paraguayen » ont signifié la disparition de l’espoir en la transition démocratique dans laquelle le pays s’était engagé depuis presque une dizaine d’années. Renée Ferrer, poète, dramaturge, auteur de plusieurs recueils de contes et de deux romans, consigne alors le témoignage poétique de ce drame national dans le recueil Las cruces del olvido (2001. Elle a auparavant publié d’autres textes qui peuvent rentrer dans la catégorie de la poésie sociale : c’est le cas en particulier de Viaje a destiempo (1989 dédié aux victimes de la dictature. Las cruces del olvido, dès son paratexte, insiste sur la fonction de témoignage que l’auteur souhaite assigner à ses vers et sur le rôle que ceux-ci peuvent jouer dans la transmission d’une mémoire collective. La voix d’un jeune disparu de ce « mars paraguayen », le dédoublement qu’il subit et travers lequel il évoque son entrée dans la mort et son absence du monde des vivants, rendent possible l’écriture de cette expérience de l’indicible qu’est la disparition.Los trágicos acontecimientos del «marzo paraguayo» significaron la desaparición de la esperanza en la transición democrática que el país está viviendo desde unos diez años. Renée Ferrer, poeta, dramaturga, autora de varios libros de cuentos y de dos novelas, escribe entonces el testimonio poético de ese drama nacional en su poemario Las cruces del olvido (2001. Ya había publicado antes textos que se pueden considerar como poesía social: es el caso de Viaje a destiempo (1989 dedicado a las víctimas de la dictadura. Desde el texto apertural, Las cruces del olvido potencia la función de testimonio que la autora desea conceder a sus versos y el papel que éstos pueden desempeñar en la transmisión de una memoria colectiva. La voz de un joven desaparecido del «marzo paraguayo», el desdoblamiento que sufre y a través del cual evoca su entrada en la

  20. Autonomous Image Analysis for Future Mars Missions

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    Gulick, V. C.; Morris, R. L.; Ruzon, M. A.; Bandari, E.; Roush, T. L.

    1999-01-01

    To explore high priority landing sites and to prepare for eventual human exploration, future Mars missions will involve rovers capable of traversing tens of kilometers. However, the current process by which scientists interact with a rover does not scale to such distances. Specifically, numerous command cycles are required to complete even simple tasks, such as, pointing the spectrometer at a variety of nearby rocks. In addition, the time required by scientists to interpret image data before new commands can be given and the limited amount of data that can be downlinked during a given command cycle constrain rover mobility and achievement of science goals. Experience with rover tests on Earth supports these concerns. As a result, traverses to science sites as identified in orbital images would require numerous science command cycles over a period of many weeks, months or even years, perhaps exceeding rover design life and other constraints. Autonomous onboard science analysis can address these problems in two ways. First, it will allow the rover to preferentially transmit "interesting" images, defined as those likely to have higher science content. Second, the rover will be able to anticipate future commands. For example, a rover might autonomously acquire and return spectra of "interesting" rocks along with a high-resolution image of those rocks in addition to returning the context images in which they were detected. Such approaches, coupled with appropriate navigational software, help to address both the data volume and command cycle bottlenecks that limit both rover mobility and science yield. We are developing fast, autonomous algorithms to enable such intelligent on-board decision making by spacecraft. Autonomous algorithms developed to date have the ability to identify rocks and layers in a scene, locate the horizon, and compress multi-spectral image data. We are currently investigating the possibility of reconstructing a 3D surface from a sequence of images

  1. Las promesas del imaginario Internet: las comunidades virtuales

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    Vayreda i Duran, Agnès

    2004-01-01

    Este texto se propone encontrar una respuesta a la pregunta sobre la atracción que ejerce Internet indagando en las promesas que este dispositivo nos depara. Una de las promesas que goza de mayor popularidad es la posibilidad de crear comunidades virtuales. Esta se ha ido construyendo a lo largo de más de tres décadas de diseños técnicos, experiencias y proyectos comunitarios como las primeras y restringidas comunidades de informáticos Arpanet y Usenet, las populares BBs y, más recientemente,...

  2. Las promesas del imaginario Internet: Las comunidades virtuales

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    Agnès Vayreda i Duran

    2004-01-01

    Este texto se propone encontrar una respuesta a la pregunta sobre la atracción que ejerce Internet indagando en las promesas que este dispositivo nos depara. Una de las promesas que goza de mayor popularidad es la posibilidad de crear comunidades virtuales. Esta se ha ido construyendo a lo largo de más de tres décadas de diseños técnicos, experiencias y proyectos comunitarios como las primeras y restringidas comunidades de informáticos Arpanet y Usenet, las populares BBs y, más recientemente,...

  3. Empresas excelentes entre las certificadas en las normas ISO 9000

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    Climent Serrano, Salvador

    2005-01-01

    En este trabajo se realiza un estudio entre las empresas certificadas en la norma ISO 9000 de la Comunidad Valenciana mediante una encuesta, con el objetivo de diferenciar los resultados sobre incremento de competitividad por la certificación en las normas ISO 9000, dependiendo de la involucración de las empresas en los sistemas de gestión de la calidad total, así como averiguar que factores inciden para que las empresas certificadas se impliquen en mayor medida en estos sistemas

  4. Preservar las empresas de familia

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    José Vargas Caicedo

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available El ciclo de vida de las empresas de familia es usualmente corto por muchas razones. Entre las más frecuentes podemos considerar la marcada ignorancia acerca de los mecanismos adecuados para la solución de los conflictos, y este es el más común de los temas. La lucha por el poder, por la propiedad y la competencia en el cuidado de las realizaciones personales genera fricciones frecuentes entre los miembros de una familia. Las actitudes y las respuestas de tipo emocional que por lo general se dan en la solución de problemas en esta clase de organizaciones muchas veces deriva en la polarización y ruptura definitiva de las relaciones.

  5. Las habilidades comunicativas en las carreras de las Ciencias de la Salud

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    Juan Francisco Tejera Concepcion

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    Full Text Available Fundamento: las habilidades como componentes cognitivo-instrumentales de la actuación del sujeto, han sido ampliamente estudiadas en el ámbito pedagógico para fortalecer la didáctica específica de las Ciencias de la Salud y de esta forma enseñar a los estudiantes a establecer una adecuada comunicación. Objetivo: definir las habilidades comunicativas que pueden ser tratadas mediante el sistema de conocimientos de las asignaturas y las actividades preprofesionalizantes en los estudiantes de las carreras de las Ciencias de la Salud. Métodos: del nivel teórico: histórico-lógico, inductivo-deductivo, analítico- sintético, sistémico-estructural, y la modelación; del nivel empírico: análisis de documentos, reunión con los grupos de discusión, observación, encuesta a profesores, triangulación de resultados y criterio de expertos; del nivel estadístico: análisis porcentual y método Delphi. Resultados: se definieron las habilidades comunicativas: para la expresión, habilidades para la observación y habilidades para la relación empática, para ser desarrolladas mediante el carácter sistémico e integrador de los contenidos de las asignaturas y la práctica pre-profesionalizante en las carreras de las Ciencias de la Salud. Conclusiones: las habilidades comunicativas son imprescindibles para el desempeño del futuro profesional de la Salud, es necesario que se puedan desarrollar en los estudiantes mediante la integración entre el sistema de asignaturas, los contenidos y las actividades preprofesionalizantes derivado de cada situación presentada en la práctica pedagógica y docente-asistencial.

  6. Las escalas territoriales del envejecimiento

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    Puga González, Mª Dolores; Abellán García, Antonio

    2012-01-01

    El envejecimiento de la población española es uno de los cambios demográficos más importantes del siglo XX. El estudio de las diferentes escalas territoriales del proceso aporta nuevas dimensiones a su conocimiento. La escala inframunicipal es especialmente útil. La escala del hogar descubre cómo y con quién viven las personas mayores, cómo se organizan las redes y solidaridades familiares. El estudio de las formas de convivencia es un instrumento de alto valor predictivo de ne...

  7. Las cosas del quehacer

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    El psicoanálisis es una praxis y no una práctica especulativa que solo busca afianzar un saber. Esta praxis encuentra su eje central en la noción de acto que es la invitación —y el sostén— a una experiencia y no a la acumulación de información. Ese acto da cuenta del tiempo de un pasaje, y el artículo destaca dos: el del momento inaugural del psicoanálisis y el de la función del psicoanalista en el devenir del análisis. A ambas las une la responsabilidad ...

  8. Las Campanas Stellar Library

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    Chilingarian, Igor; Zolotukhin, Ivan; Beletsky, Yuri; Worthey, Guy

    2015-08-01

    Stellar libraries are fundamental tools required to understand stellar populations in star clusters and galaxies as well as properties of individual stars. Comprehensive libraries exist in the optical domain, but the near-infrared (NIR) domain stays a couple of decades behind. Here we present the Las Campanas Stellar Library project aiming at obtaining high signal-to-noise intermediate-resolution (R=8000) NIR spectra (0.83library the largest homogeneous collection of stellar spectra covering the entire NIR domain. We also re-calibrated in flux and wavelength the two existing optical stellar libraries, INDO-US and UVES-POP and followed up about 400 non-variable stars in the NIR in order to get complete optical-NIR coverage. Worth mentioning that our current sample includes about 80 AGB stars and a few dozens of bulge/LMC/SMC stars.

  9. y las comunicaciones (TIC

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    Yolanda Sabín R.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Uno de los problemas fundamentales a los que se enfrentan alumnos y profesores de la tarea Álvaro Reinoso (Programa MINAZ de la Universalización, es a la escasez de bibliografía básica, que en algunas ocasiones suele ser inexistente. Por esta razón un grupo de profesores de la Universidad Agraria de La Habana (UNAH, se dio a la tarea de elaborar un libro electrónico, donde se explican los conceptos fundamentales para el trabajo con el tema Cálculo diferencial en funciones de una variable, además aparecen desarrollados ejemplos para poder ser utilizados igualmente, en los cursos que se imparten en las carreras de ingenierías técnicas y agropecuarias de los diferentes centros universitarios del país

  10. Methods of determining complete sensor requirements for autonomous mobility

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    Curtis, Steven A. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A method of determining complete sensor requirements for autonomous mobility of an autonomous system includes computing a time variation of each behavior of a set of behaviors of the autonomous system, determining mobility sensitivity to each behavior of the autonomous system, and computing a change in mobility based upon the mobility sensitivity to each behavior and the time variation of each behavior. The method further includes determining the complete sensor requirements of the autonomous system through analysis of the relative magnitude of the change in mobility, the mobility sensitivity to each behavior, and the time variation of each behavior, wherein the relative magnitude of the change in mobility, the mobility sensitivity to each behavior, and the time variation of each behavior are characteristic of the stability of the autonomous system.

  11. Las TIC como fuente de ventaja competitiva en las PYMES

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    Álvaro Fernando Moncada Niño

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Desde su aparición, las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (TIC se han convertido en un recurso fundamental de las empresas para competir en la mayoría de las industrias, generalizando el planteamiento de que son fuente de ventaja competitiva. Pero realmente, ¿cuándo las TIC son fuente potencial de ventaja competitiva para las pymes? ¿Bajo qué condiciones se logra que contribuyan a generar valor y mejorar su posición competitiva? ¿Qué características deben cumplir para alcanzar y sustentar la Ventaja Competitiva? Este documento basado en la Teoría de los Recursos y Capacidades (TRC responde estas preguntas y presenta al análisis de recurso Valioso, Raro, Inimitable y Organización (VRIO como herramienta para la determinación del potencial y valor que las TIC pueden alcanzar en las pymes y cómo pueden contribuir a que la empresa alcance ventajas competitivas sostenibles, en complemento de sus recursos y capacidades organizacionales.

  12. Dejar las lagrimas e ir hacia las acciones

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    Jeppesen, Anne Marie Ejdesgaard

    2015-01-01

    Este artículo enfoca en la frontera entre México y los Estados Unidos, las condiciones especiales de la sociedad fronteriza, las economías interconectadas y la violencia, en especial la violencia ejercida contra mujeres y los feminicidios. El artículo discute diferentes perspectivas y maneras de...

  13. Las TIC como fuente de ventaja competitiva en las PYMES

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    Álvaro Fernando Moncada Niño

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Desde su aparición, las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (TIC se han convertido en un recurso fundamental de las empresas para competir en la mayoría de las industrias, generalizando el planteamiento de que son fuente de ventaja competitiva. Pero realmente, ¿cuándo las TIC son fuente potencial de ventaja competitiva para las pymes? ¿Bajo qué condiciones se logra que contribuyan a generar valor y mejorar su posición competitiva? ¿Qué características deben cumplir para alcanzar y sustentar la Ventaja Competitiva? Este documento basado en la Teoría de los Recursos y Capacidades (TRC responde estas preguntas y presenta al análisis de recurso Valioso, Raro, Inimitable y Organización (VRIO como herramienta para la determinación del potencial y valor que las TIC pueden alcanzar en las pymes y cómo pueden contribuir a que la empresa alcance ventajas competitivas sostenibles, en complemento de sus recursos y capacidades organizacionales.

  14. Autonomía Adolescente y Apoyo y Control Parental en Familias Indígenas Mexicanas

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    Rosario Esteinou, México.

    2015-01-01

    (analítico): Con base en una encuesta, en este artículo presento un análisis descriptivo de las percepciones de adolescentes indígenas de México, sobre su autonomía y los comportamientos de sus padres y madres en términos del apoyo y control que ellos y ellas ejercen. En particular, analizo si la autonomía alcanzada puede ser asociada a un proceso de separación/desconexión o de separación/conexión con los padres y madres. Este proceso está ligado a los rasgos que guardan los comportamientos d...

  15. Finite time stability conditions for non autonomous continuous systems

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    Moulay, Emmanuel; Perruquetti, Wilfrid

    2008-01-01

    Finite time stability is defined for continuous non autonomous systems. Starting with a result from Haimo Haimo (1986) we then extend this result to n¡dimensional non autonomous systems through the use of smooth and nonsmooth Lyapunov functions as in Perruquetti and Drakunov (2000). One obtains two different sufficient conditions and a necessary one for finite time stability of continuous non autonomous systems.

  16. Managing Autonomous Mobility on Demand Systems for Better Passenger Experience

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    Shen, Wen; Lopes, Cristina

    2015-01-01

    Autonomous mobility on demand systems, though still in their infancy, have very promising prospects in providing urban population with sustainable and safe personal mobility in the near future. While much research has been conducted on both autonomous vehicles and mobility on demand systems, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first work that shows how to manage autonomous mobility on demand systems for better passenger experience. We introduce the Expand and Target algorithm which can ...

  17. Non-autonomous Svinolupov Jordan KdV Systems

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    Gurses, Metin; Karasu, Atalay; Turhan, Refik

    2001-01-01

    Non-autonomous Svinolupov-Jordan systems are considered. The integrability criteria of such systems are associated with the existence of recursion operators. A new non-autonomous KdV system is obtained and its recursion operator is given for all $N$. The examples for N=2 and N=3 are studied in detail. Some possible transformations are also discussed which map some systems to autonomous cases.

  18. A study of autonomic function tests in obese people

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    Rinku Garg, Varun Malhotra, Neera Goel, Usha Dhar, Yogesh Tripathi

    2013-01-01

    Background: Obesity is one of the common significant health hazards and is associated with autonomic dysfunction. Aims and objectives: The present study was designed to assess the underlying autonomic neuropathy in obese subjects and to compare it with age-matched controls. Material and Methods: Thirty obese subjects in the age group of 21-40 years were recruited for the study. Six non-invasive autonomic function tests were performed out of which four were based mainly on parasympathetic cont...

  19. Autonomous Navigation with Constrained Consistency for C-Ranger

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    Shujing Zhang; Bo He; Lulu Ying; Minghui Li; Guang Yuan

    2014-01-01

    Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) have become the most widely used tools for undertaking complex exploration tasks in marine environments. Their synthetic ability to carry out localization autonomously and build an environmental map concurrently, in other words, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), are considered to be pivotal requirements for AUVs to have truly autonomous navigation. However, the consistency problem of the SLAM system has been greatly ignored during the past dec...

  20. Modeling and Simulation of Autonomous Intersection Management Protocols

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    El Kadi, Ayman

    2015-01-01

    The advent of autonomous vehicles enables the possibility for autonomous intersection management technologies, which should provide safe, collision-free crossing, while also reducing traffic delays compared to traffic lights or stop signs. This delay reduction is the product of algorithms and communication protocols that make use of increased precision of autonomous vehicles as opposed to human drivers, allowing vehicles to make split-second decisions on their speed while crossing an intersec...

  1. General outstanding considerations on legal issues applied to autonomous vehicles

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    Martinesco, Andrea; Etgens, Victor H.

    2015-01-01

    International audience Even if there are many differences between the autonomous vehicles and aviation, we have tried to show that the long history of automation in airplanes can be a source of inspiration to understand some legal aspects necessary to allow autonomous cars on the streets. Independent on the technological evolution, the premise of this work is to ask the questions that must be faced if a fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle occurs. In this sense, criminal issues w...

  2. Modelling of a PMSG Wind Turbine with Autonomous Control

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    Chia-Nan Wang; Wen-Chang Lin; Xuan-Khoa Le

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this research is to model an autonomous control wind turbine driven permanent magnetic synchronous generator (PMSG) which feeds alternating current (AC) power to the utility grid. Furthermore, this research also demonstrates the effects and the efficiency of PMSG wind turbine which is integrated by autonomous controllers. In order for well autonomous control, two voltage source inverters are used to control wind turbine connecting with the grid. The generator-side inverter is used ...

  3. Evaluation of autonomic functions in subclinical hypothyroid and hypothyroid patients

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    Mahajan, Aarti S.; Ram Lal; Dhanwal, Dinesh K.; Jain, Ajay K.; Veena Chowdhury

    2013-01-01

    Background: Autonomic dysfunction may contribute to cardiovascular morbidity in subclinical hypothyroid patients. It is controversial whether the abnormality exists in sympathetic or the parasympathetic function. It is also not known whether the severity of autonomic dysfunction is related to the degree of thyroid deficiency. Design of Study: Prospective case control. Materials and Methods: Autonomic functions based on heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP) responses to various maneuvers wer...

  4. THE USE OF GENETIC ALGORITHM IN DIMENSIONING HYBRID AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

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    RUS T.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper is presented the working principle of genetic algorithms used to dimension autonomous hybrid systems. It is presented a study case in which is dimensioned and optimized an autonomous hybrid system for a residential house located in Cluj-Napoca. After the autonomous hybrid system optimization is performed, it is achieved a reduction of the total cost of system investment, a reduction of energy produced in excess and a reduction of CO2 emissions.

  5. Sharing the road: the economics of autonomous vehicles

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    Lamotte, Raphaël; De Palma, André; GEROLIMINIS, Nikolas

    2016-01-01

    Automated cars are likely to change mobility substantially in the coming years. Much research is developed in engineering, about legal and behavioral issues, but the economics of autonomous vehicle remains an open area. In this paper, we consider a single-bottleneck situation, in which the capacity of the freeway is divided between conventional and autonomous vehicles. Users of conventional vehicles freely choose their departure time from home, while users of autonomous vehicles collaborate w...

  6. A Generic Agent Organisation Framework For Autonomic Systems

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    Kota, Ramachandra; Gibbins, Nicholas; Nicholas R Jennings

    2009-01-01

    Autonomic computing is being advocated as a tool for managing large, complex computing systems. Specifically, self-organisation provides a suitable approach for developing such autonomic systems by incorporating self-management and adaptation properties into large-scale distributed systems. To aid in this development, this paper details a generic problem-solving agent organisation framework that can act as a modelling and simulation platform for autonomic systems. Our framework describes a se...

  7. Basilar artery aneurysm with autonomic features: an interesting pathophysiological problem

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    Giffin, N; Goadsby, P

    2001-01-01

    Unruptured cerebral aneurysms often present with neuro-ophthalmological symptoms but ocular autonomic involvement from an aneurysm of the posterior circulation has not previously been reported. A patient is described with a basilar artery aneurysm presenting with headache and unilateral autonomic symptoms. After angiographic coiling of the aneurysm there was a near complete resolution of these features. The relevant anatomy and proposed mechanism of autonomic involvement of what may be ...

  8. Autonomic and surgical substrate modulation of atrial fibrillation

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    Krul, S.P.J.

    2016-01-01

    This thesis focuses on the effects of fibrosis and the autonomic nervous system on conduction in patients with atrial fibrillation and the surgical ablation of the atria and autonomic nervous system as treatment of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia and results from multiple pathophysiological mechanisms. Both fibrosis and the autonomic nervous system influence the occurrence and maintenance of AF. Animal and clinical studies have shown that the parasympath...

  9. The Problems and its Countermeasures of Autonomous Language Learning Center

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    NIE Jian-feng

    2014-01-01

    With the popularity of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), autonomous language learning centers have been established in the universities throughout the country. However, there are many problems exist in the practice of the auton-omous language learning center. This essay tries to discuss the problems and its countermeasures with an aim of improving Col-lege English learning and teaching by the example of autonomous language learning center in Nanyang Institute of Technology.

  10. Cultivation of Autonomous Learning Ability of Students Learning College English

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    Yang Ruping; Qiu Shifeng

    2014-01-01

    As the mode of college English teaching is gradually transformed from the teacher-centered into the student-centered teaching mode, the cultivation of college English autonomous learning ability has become increasingly important. This paper, starting from the theory of autonomous learning, makes an analysis of current situation of college English teaching and points out the necessity of this ability-cultivation for English learning. In the end, it puts forward several strategies of cultivating the ability of college English autonomous learning.

  11. The influencing factors and Countermeasures of College Students' Autonomous Learning

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    安雨

    2016-01-01

    with the continuous development of society, people's life has become increasingly rich, but with the development of society, we are increasingly being tempted, the most obvious is our life in the University, the students focused on autonomous learning, but with the temptation is more and more big, the college students' autonomous learning learning ability to drop, a lot of people irresistible university life becomes boring temptation. What are the factors that affect college students' autonomous learning?

  12. Development of a control system for an autonomous underwater vehicle

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    Masmitjà Rusiñol, Ivan; Masmitja Rusinyol, Gerard; González Agudelo, Julián; Shariat Panahi, Shahram; Gomáriz Castro, Spartacus

    2010-01-01

    This work proposes the development of a control system for an autonomous underwater vehicle dedicated to the observation of the oceans. The vehicle, a hybrid between Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), moves on the surface of the sea and makes vertical immersions to obtain profiles of a water column, according to a pre-established plan. The displacement of the vehicle on the surface allows the navigation through GPS and telemetr...

  13. Hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy and anaesthesia - a case report

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    Nandini Dave

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies are a rare group of disorders characterized by progressive loss of function that predominantly affects the peripheral sensory nerves. Autonomic dysfunction is present to a variable degree and can have several implications for anaesthesia. We report the case of a patient with Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy who was posted for a below knee amputation and discuss the anaesthesia management.

  14. Autonomic Conditions in Tinnitus and Implications for Korean Medicine

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    Eun Ji Choi; Younghee Yun; Seungyeon Yoo; Kyu Seok Kim; Jeong-Su Park; Inhwa Choi

    2013-01-01

    Tinnitus patients suffer from not only auditory sensations but also physical, mental, and social difficulties. Even though tinnitus is believed to be associated with the autonomic nervous system, changes in autonomic conditions in tinnitus patients are not receiving much research attention. The aims of this study were to investigate the autonomic condition of tinnitus patients and to consider Korean medicine in the treatment of tinnitus with an evidence-based approach. We performed a retrospe...

  15. Autonomous site selection and instrument positioning for sample acquisition

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    Shaw, A.; Barnes, D.; Pugh, S.

    analysed to calculate possible long range trajectories [Weisbin 99] for the rover. Provided the rover is given a predefined "ideal rock" definition, the same DEMs can be used to classify rocks in the surrounding area and identify any which meet the ideal rock criteria, meaning that, during long-range traverses potentially scientifically rich rocks would not be missed. The technique can also be used identify the approach trajectory for the arm given the orientation of the rock surface. 1 If several ideal rocks have been identified the rover could then use a rock reachability map to prioritise the rocks for sampling, this would consider: rock classification; the amount of energy required to reach the rock; and the number of instruments that can be placed on the surface. Autonomously identifying ideal rocks and calculating instrument position reduces the rover waiting time and operator input, and increases the scientific return. 1. Shaw A.J. and Barnes D.P., Landmark recognition for localisation and navigation of aerial vehicles. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Las Vegas, October 2003. CD-ROM Proceedings. 2. Weisbin, Charles R. Rodriguez Guillermo, Schenker Paul S., Das Hari, Hayati Samad A., Baumgartner Eric T., Maimone Mark, Nesnas Issa A., Volpe Richard A. Autonomous rover technology for mars sample return, Pages 1-10 of: 1999 International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, ISAIRAS99. 2

  16. El desafío de explicitar las diferencias

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    Margarita PISANO

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: El artículo destaca el carácter positivo (por oposición a negativo, «anti», de las políticas y estrategias feministas. En esta perspectiva debe entenderse la actuación de las ONGs de mujeres: «Las ONGs feministas al constituirse, le han dado residencia física al feminismo y han abierto espacios de crecimiento —tanto de conocimientos y saberes y gestión, como una propuesta de activa política—». En la relación del feminismo con las ONGs feministas, y en el funcionamiento específico de éstas, se plantean diversas cuestiones: dificultades y desafíos de las profesionales de las ONGs feministas; el problema de un nuevo liderazgo, no contaminado por el deber ser de la cultura patriarcal; la necesidad de estrategias de oposición (participativas y locales frente a las propias de la Cooperación al Desarrollo, en tanto éstas sustentan una visión ideológica «de primer mundo»; la autonomía e independencia de las ONGs feministas, el «tener nuestra propia voz», como portadoras de un modelo económico, de un concepto de democracia, de un concepto de cultura.ABSTRACT: This article emphasizes the positive character (by opposition to negative: «against», «anti» of feminist politics and strategies. In this perspective it must be understood the performance of women's ONGs: «The feminist ONGs, at constituting, have given physical residence to feminism and have opened spaces of growth —of knowledge, skills and management, as well as a proposal of active politics—». In the relation of feminism with feminist ONGs, and in the specific functioning of these, various questiones are stated: difficulties and challenges of the professionals of feminist ONGs; the problem of a new leadership, not contaminated by the «ought to be» of the patriarchal culture; the need of strategies of opposition (participative and local different from the ones charasteristic of the Cooperation to Development, for they support an ideological vision

  17. The nicotine paradox: effect of smoking on autonomic discrimination.

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    Lombardo, T W; Epstein, L H

    1986-01-01

    Smoking reduces negative affect while it increases sympathetic nervous system activity. However, theories of emotion predict that increased autonomic arousal should increase rather than reduce negative affect. One explanation for this paradox is that nicotine interferes with perception of autonomic activity. We evaluated the effect of smoking on autonomic activity perception by measuring performance on a heartbeat detection task after a high or low dose of nicotine or not smoking. A group of nonsmokers also completed the task. Results failed to support the hypothesis. In light of previous research, the results suggest EMG perception may be more important to the negative affect reduction phenomenon than perception of autonomic activity. PMID:3739820

  18. Intelligent Autonomous Aerial Vehicles in the National Airspace Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and, in particular, intelligent, autonomous aircraft operating in the National Airspace (NAS) have the potential to significantly...

  19. Adaptive Supervisory Engine for Autonomous Formation Flying GNC Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Autonomous multiple spacecraft formation flying represents a critical enabling technology for future space missions, including NASA's Space and Earth Science...

  20. Security-Enhanced Autonomous Network Management for Space Networking Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) proposes an innovative Security-Enhanced Autonomous Network Management (SEANM) scheme for reliable communication in space...

  1. The Relationship between Vascular Function and the Autonomic Nervous System.

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    Amiya, Eisuke; Watanabe, Masafumi; Komuro, Issei

    2014-01-01

    Endothelial dysfunction and autonomic nervous system dysfunction are both risk factors for atherosclerosis. There is evidence demonstrating that there is a close interrelationship between these two systems. In hypertension, endothelial dysfunction affects the pathologic process through autonomic nervous pathways, and the pathophysiological process of autonomic neuropathy in diabetes mellitus is closely related with vascular function. However, detailed mechanisms of this interrelationship have not been clearly explained. In this review, we summarize findings concerning the interrelationship between vascular function and the autonomic nervous system from both experimental and clinical studies. The clarification of this interrelationship may provide more comprehensive risk stratification and a new effective therapeutic strategy against atherosclerosis.

  2. Maritime Training Serbian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment

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    Šoškić Svetislav D.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The crisis in Somalia has caused appearance of piracy at sea in the Gulf of Aden and the Western Indian Ocean. Somali pirates have become a threat to economic security of the world because almost 30 percent of world oil and 20 percent of global trade passes through the Gulf of Aden. Solving the problem of piracy in this part of the world have included international organizations, institutions, military alliances and the states, acting in accordance with international law and UN Security Council resolutions. The European Union will demonstrate the application of a comprehensive approach to solving the problem of piracy at sea and the crisis in Somalia conducting naval operation — EU NAVFOR Atalanta and operation EUTM under the Common Security and Defense Policy. The paper discusses approaches to solving the problem of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the crisis in Somalia. Also, the paper points to the complexity of the crisis in Somalia and dilemmas correctness principles that are applied to solve the problem piracy at sea. One of goals is protections of vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia. Republic of Serbia joined in this mission and trained and sent one a autonomous team in this military operation for protection WFP. This paper consist the problem of modern piracy, particularly in the area of the Horn of Africa became a real threat for the safety of maritime ships and educational process of Serbian Autonomous vessel protection detachment. Serbian Military Academy adopted and developed educational a training program against piracy applying all the provisions and recommendations of the IMO conventions and IMO model courses for Serbian Autonomous vessel protection detachment.

  3. Smartphones Promote Autonomous Learning in ESL Classrooms

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    Viji Ramamuruthy

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The rapid development of high-technology has caused new inventions of gadgets for all walks of life regardless age. In this rapidly advancing technology era many individuals possess hi-tech gadgets such as laptops, tablets, iPad, android phones and smart phones. Adult learners in higher learning institution especially are fond of using smart phones. Students become passive in the classrooms as they are glued to their smart phones. This situation triggers the question of whether learning really takes place while the students are too engaged with their smart phones in the ESL classroom. In this context, the following questions are framed to investigate this issue: What type of learning skills are gained by using smartphones in ESL classrooms? Does smartphone use promote the autonomous learning process? To what extent do learners rely on the lecturers in addition to the usage of smartphones? What are the learning satisfactions gained by ESL learners using smartphones? A total of 70 smartphone users in the age range 18 to 26 years participated in this quantitative study. Questionnaires eliciting demographic details of the respondents, learning skills, learning satisfaction, students' perception on teacher's role in the ESL classroom and autonomous learning were distributed to all the randomly chosen samples. The data were then analyzed by using SPSS version 16. The findings revealed that smartphone use boosted learners’ critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and collaboration skills. In fact, learners gain great satisfaction in the learning process through smartphones. Although learners have moved toward autonomous learning, they are still reliant on the teachers to achieve their learning goals.

  4. View of Mexican family members on the autonomy of adolescents and adults with intellectual disability Puntos de vista de familiares de adolescentes y adultos mexicanos con discapacidad intelectual acerca de su autonomía

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    Betania Allen-Leigh

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to describe the ways in which Mexican adolescents and adults with intellectual disability exercise autonomy. Two focus groups were carried out with family members who are the legal guardians of people with intellectual disability who have received independent living training at the Center for Integral Training and Development (CADI, per its abbreviation in Spansh. Focus group transcripts were analyzed with codes defined a priori, based on an existing theoretical framework on autonomy and quality of life among intellectually disabled persons. Autonomy is exercised by the intellectually disabled in the personal, social, sexual and economic spheres of life. Empowered autonomy implies that the person is taught the necessary skills and then allowed to act upon his or her own interests. Negotiated autonomy includes guidance, explanation and negotiation; it constitutes a learning process. Interpreted autonomy is the most limited type described, and implies protection, interpretation and may involve decision-making by others. These types of autonomy constitute a complex phenomenon and the divisions between them are indistinct.Este estudio busca describir las maneras en que jóvenes y adultos mexicanos con discapacidad intelectual ejercen la autonomía. Dos grupos focales se llevaron a cabo con familiares de personas con discapacidad intelectual quienes han recibido capacitación para la vida independiente en el Centro de Capacitación y Desarrollo Integral, CADI. Se analizaron las transcripciones con códigos definidos a priori, basados en un marco teórico preexistente sobre autonomía y calidad de vida entre personas con discapacidad intelectual. Las personas con discapacidad intelectual ejercen autonomía en diversos ámbitos: personal, social, sexual y económico. La autonomía empoderada se da cuando se le enseña a la persona las habilidades necesarias y luego se le permite actuar con base en sus propios intereses. La autonom

  5. Competencia del estatuto orgánico de presupuesto respecto de las universidades públicas del orden nacional

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    Monica Maria Vargas Huertas

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available El aparente conflicto normativo que se presenta entre las normas presupuestales y financieras, descritas en la Ley 30 de 1992 y la disposición contenida en el artículo 4º del Decreto 111 de 1996, Estatuto Orgánico de Presupuesto, debe estudiarse desde la perspectiva de la hermenéutica jurídica, así como desde la autonomía universitaria conferida por mandato constitucional. A partir de las reglas fundamentales para resolver las antinomias jurídicas, el ordenamiento colombiano establece unas reglas generales sobre aplicación normativa contenidas en las Leyes 57 y 153 de 1887. Sin embargo, la determinación concreta de la prevalencia de una norma sobre otra, o mejor, la búsqueda de una interpretación correctiva, requiere de un mayor estudio casuístico. Para el caso de estudio, la autonomía universitaria contemplada en el artículo 69 de la Constitución Nacional requirió que el legislador expidiera la Ley 30 de 1992, que en sus artículos 28 y 57, desarrolló los aspectos en que se refleja la dicha autonomía. El régimen financiero contenido en el capítulo V de la Ley 30 de 1992, es parte esencial del régimen especial de las universidades estatales, pues el legislador consideró que la autonomía universitaria en su dimensión presupuestal, solo se puede garantizar si su presupuesto se mantiene protegido de la libre facultad potestativa del poder ejecutivo.

  6. LAS COCINAS DEL INFIERNO. LA VISUALIDAD DE LAS MUJERES EN LAS CALDERAS DE PEDRO BOTERO

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    Zuriaga Senent, Vicent Francesc

    2013-01-01

    Casi todas las religiones nos hablan del infierno como lugar en el que las almas son torturadas eternamente. El judaísmo lo llama Gehena, la mitología clásica Tártaro y Hades, las religiones paganas Inframundo, y la tradición cristiana castellana Las calderas de Pedro Botero. Los profetas del Antiguo Testamento narran con claridad los tormentos del infierno y Dante en La Divina Comedia nos lo relata con una visión particular. La literatura y el arte nos ofrecen abundancia de imáge...

  7. De la fraternidad de las artes: las imágenes y las palabras

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    Joly, Martine

    2004-01-01

    Se distinguen naturalmente las imágenes y las palabras como pertenecientes a universos diferentes: de un lado, aquel de las palabras, del Verbo, del pensamiento, de la creación literaria o de la información; del otro, aquel de las imágenes, del sueño, de la emoción, de la seducción o de la manipulación mediática. En la película titulada The passenger, (en francés Profession reporter), en 1974, el cineasta Michelangelo Antonioni hace decir a uno de sus personajes, traficante de armas, al di...

  8. Autonomous droop scheme with reduced generation cost

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    Nutkani, Inam Ullah; Loh, Poh Chiang; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2013-01-01

    Droop scheme has been widely applied to the control of Distributed Generators (DGs) in microgrids for proportional power sharing based on their ratings. For standalone microgrid, where centralized management system is not viable, the proportional power sharing based droop might not suit well since...... DGs are usually of different types unlike synchronous generators. This paper presents an autonomous droop scheme that takes into consideration the operating cost, efficiency and emission penalty of each DG since all these factors directly or indirectly contributes to the Total Generation Cost (TGC...

  9. A design strategy for autonomous systems

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    Forster, Pete

    1989-01-01

    Some solutions to crucial issues regarding the competent performance of an autonomously operating robot are identified; namely, that of handling multiple and variable data sources containing overlapping information and maintaining coherent operation while responding adequately to changes in the environment. Support for the ideas developed for the construction of such behavior are extracted from speculations in the study of cognitive psychology, an understanding of the behavior of controlled mechanisms, and the development of behavior-based robots in a few robot research laboratories. The validity of these ideas is supported by some simple simulation experiments in the field of mobile robot navigation and guidance.

  10. PRIMUS: autonomous driving robot for military applications

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    Schwartz, Ingo

    2000-07-01

    This article describes the government experimental program PRIMUS (PRogram of Intelligent Mobile Unmanned Systems) and the achieved results of phase C demonstrated in summer 1999 on a military prooving ground. In this program there shall be shown the autonomous driving on an unmanned robot in open terrain. The most possible degree of autonomy shall be reached with today's technology to get a platform for different missions. The goal is to release the soldier from high dangerous tasks, to increase the performance and to come to a reduction of personnel and costs with unmanned systems. In phase C of the program two small tracked vehicles (Digitized Wiesel 2, airtransportable by CH53) are used. One as a robot vehicle the other as a command & control system. The Wiesel 2 is configured as a drive by wire-system and therefore well suited for the adaption of control computers. The autonomous detection and avoidance of obstacles in unknown, not cooperative environment is the main task. For navigation and orientation a sensor package is integrated. To detect obstacles the scene in the driving corridor of the robot is scanned 4 times per second by a 3D- Range image camera (LADAR). The measured 3D-range image is converted into a 2D-obstacle map and used as input for calculation of an obstacle free path. The combination of local navigation (obstacle avoidance) and global navigation leads to a collission free driving in open terrain to a predefined goal point with a velocity of up to 25km/h. A contour tracker with a TV-camera as sensor is also implemented which allows to follow contours (e.g. edge of a meadow) or to drive on paved or unpaved roads with a velocity up to 50km/h. In addition to these autonomous driving modes the operator in the command & control station can drive the robot by remote control. All the functions were successfully demonstrated in the summer 1999 on a military prooving ground. During a mission example the robot vehicle covered a distance of several

  11. A Diversified Investment Strategy Using Autonomous Agents

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    Barbosa, Rui Pedro; Belo, Orlando

    In a previously published article, we presented an architecture for implementing agents with the ability to trade autonomously in the Forex market. At the core of this architecture is an ensemble of classification and regression models that is used to predict the direction of the price of a currency pair. In this paper, we will describe a diversified investment strategy consisting of five agents which were implemented using that architecture. By simulating trades with 18 months of out-of-sample data, we will demonstrate that data mining models can produce profitable predictions, and that the trading risk can be diminished through investment diversification.

  12. Autonomous Mission Operations for Sensor Webs

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    Underbrink, A.; Witt, K.; Stanley, J.; Mandl, D.

    2008-12-01

    We present interim results of a 2005 ROSES AIST project entitled, "Using Intelligent Agents to Form a Sensor Web for Autonomous Mission Operations", or SWAMO. The goal of the SWAMO project is to shift the control of spacecraft missions from a ground-based, centrally controlled architecture to a collaborative, distributed set of intelligent agents. The network of intelligent agents intends to reduce management requirements by utilizing model-based system prediction and autonomic model/agent collaboration. SWAMO agents are distributed throughout the Sensor Web environment, which may include multiple spacecraft, aircraft, ground systems, and ocean systems, as well as manned operations centers. The agents monitor and manage sensor platforms, Earth sensing systems, and Earth sensing models and processes. The SWAMO agents form a Sensor Web of agents via peer-to-peer coordination. Some of the intelligent agents are mobile and able to traverse between on-orbit and ground-based systems. Other agents in the network are responsible for encapsulating system models to perform prediction of future behavior of the modeled subsystems and components to which they are assigned. The software agents use semantic web technologies to enable improved information sharing among the operational entities of the Sensor Web. The semantics include ontological conceptualizations of the Sensor Web environment, plus conceptualizations of the SWAMO agents themselves. By conceptualizations of the agents, we mean knowledge of their state, operational capabilities, current operational capacities, Web Service search and discovery results, agent collaboration rules, etc. The need for ontological conceptualizations over the agents is to enable autonomous and autonomic operations of the Sensor Web. The SWAMO ontology enables automated decision making and responses to the dynamic Sensor Web environment and to end user science requests. The current ontology is compatible with Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC

  13. AMID: autonomous modeler of intragenic duplication.

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    Kummerfeld, Sarah K; Weiss, Anthony S; Fekete, Alan; Jermiin, Lars S

    2003-01-01

    Intragenic duplication is an evolutionary process where segments of a gene become duplicated. While there has been much research into whole-gene or domain duplication, there have been very few studies of non-tandem intragenic duplication. The identification of intragenically replicated sequences may provide insight into the evolution of proteins, helping to link sequence data with structure and function. This paper describes a tool for autonomously modelling intragenic duplication. AMID provides: identification of modularly repetitive genes; an algorithm for identifying repeated modules; and a scoring system for evaluating the modules' similarity. An evaluation of the algorithms and use cases are presented.

  14. Developments and challenges for autonomous unmanned vehicles

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    Finn, Anthony

    2010-01-01

    It is widely anticipated that autonomous vehicles will have a transformational impact on military forces and will play a key role in many future force structures. As a result, many tasks have already been identified that unmanned systems could undertake more readily than humans. However, for this to occur, such systems will need to be agile, versatile, persistent, reliable, survivable and lethal. This will require many of the vehicles 'cognitive' or higher order functions to be more fully developed, whereas to date only the 'component' or physical functions have been successfully automated and

  15. Microscale autonomous sensor and communications module

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    Okandan, Murat; Nielson, Gregory N

    2014-03-25

    Various technologies pertaining to a microscale autonomous sensor and communications module are described herein. Such a module includes a sensor that generates a sensor signal that is indicative of an environmental parameter. An integrated circuit receives the sensor signal and generates an output signal based at least in part upon the sensor signal. An optical emitter receives the output signal and generates an optical signal as a function of the output signal. An energy storage device is configured to provide power to at least the integrated circuit and the optical emitter, and wherein the module has a relatively small diameter and thickness.

  16. Fault Diagnosis of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

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    Xiao Liang

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we propose the least disturbance algorithm adding scale factor and shift factor. The dynamic learning ratio can be calculated to minimize the scale factor and shift factor of wavelet function and the variation of net weights and the algorithm improve the stability and the convergence of wavelet neural network. It was applied to build the dynamical model of autonomous underwater vehicles and the residuals are generated by comparing the outputs of the dynamical model with the real state values in the condition of thruster fault. Fault detection rules are distilled by residual analysis to execute thruster fault diagnosis. The results of simulation prove the effectiveness.

  17. A relativistic and autonomous navigation satellite system

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    Delva, Pacôme; Kostić, Uros; Carloni, Sante

    2011-01-01

    A relativistic positioning system has been proposed by Bartolom\\'e Coll in 2002. Since then, several group developed this topic with different approaches. I will present a work done in collaboration with Ljubljana University and the ESA Advanced Concepts Team. We developed a concept, Autonomous Basis of Coordinates, in order to take advantage of the full autonomy of a satellite constellation for navigation and positioning, by means of satellite inter-links. I will present the advantages of this new paradigm and a number of potential application for reference systems, geophysics and relativistic gravitation.

  18. Autonomous valve for detection of biopolymer degradation

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    Keller, Stephan Urs; Noeth, Nadine-Nicole; Fetz, Stefanie;

    2009-01-01

    We present a polymer microvalve that allows the detection of biopolymer degradation without the need of external energy. The valve is based on a polymer container filled with a colored marker solution and closed by a thin lid. This structure is covered by a film of poly(L-lactide) and degradation...... of the biopolymer triggers the release of the color which is detected visually. The autonomous valve has potential for the fast testing of biopolymer degradation under various environmental conditions or by specific enzymes....

  19. The Ways of Fostering Student's Autonomous Learning

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    赖湲

    2016-01-01

    With the development of science and technology, knowledge is being replaced faster and faster. The students nowadays must be cultivated into lifelong learners to adjust themselves to the times of knowledge explosion. This study is to arouse students to be aware of the importance of autonomy in English learning and to enable them to have assistive attitude toward English learning. After gaining the knowledge of autonomy, this thesis give the whole society, including schools, parents, and students themselves some ways to foster and develop their autonomous learning.

  20. Physics Simulation Software for Autonomous Propellant Loading and Gas House Autonomous System Monitoring

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    Regalado Reyes, Bjorn Constant

    2015-01-01

    1. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is developing a mobile launching system with autonomous propellant loading capabilities for liquid-fueled rockets. An autonomous system will be responsible for monitoring and controlling the storage, loading and transferring of cryogenic propellants. The Physics Simulation Software will reproduce the sensor data seen during the delivery of cryogenic fluids including valve positions, pressures, temperatures and flow rates. The simulator will provide insight into the functionality of the propellant systems and demonstrate the effects of potential faults. This will provide verification of the communications protocols and the autonomous system control. 2. The High Pressure Gas Facility (HPGF) stores and distributes hydrogen, nitrogen, helium and high pressure air. The hydrogen and nitrogen are stored in cryogenic liquid state. The cryogenic fluids pose several hazards to operators and the storage and transfer equipment. Constant monitoring of pressures, temperatures and flow rates are required in order to maintain the safety of personnel and equipment during the handling and storage of these commodities. The Gas House Autonomous System Monitoring software will be responsible for constantly observing and recording sensor data, identifying and predicting faults and relaying hazard and operational information to the operators.

  1. Autonomía y responsabilidad como valores clave para la elaboración de normas de convivencia en la ESO

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    Cruz Pérez Pérez; Victoria Vázquez Verdera; Inmaculada López-Francés

    2012-01-01

    Algunas de las cuestiones que se plantean en el artículo son las siguientes: ¿Son los alumnos capaces de organizar el comportamiento y la convivencia en el aula? ¿Están capacitados para elaborar sus propias normas? o ¿Solamente se trata de un planteamiento teórico que resulta inviable de llevar a la práctica? En todo caso, ¿Qué nivel de responsabilidad y autonomía pueden asumir en el funcionamiento del aula?   El aprendizaje de normas en el aula constituye una experiencia real, muy próxim...

  2. Autonomía y responsabilidad como valores clave para la elaboración de normas de convivencia en la ESO

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    Pérez Pérez, Cruz; Vázquez Verdera, Victoria; Inmaculada LÓPEZ-FRANCÉS

    2012-01-01

    Algunas de las cuestiones que se plantean en el artículo son las siguientes: ¿Son los alumnos capaces de organizar el comportamiento y la convivencia en el aula? ¿Están capacitados para elaborar sus propias normas? o ¿Solamente se trata de un planteamiento teórico que resulta inviable de llevar a la práctica? En todo caso, ¿Qué nivel de responsabilidad y autonomía pueden asumir en el funcionamiento del aula? El aprendizaje de normas en el aula constituye una experiencia real, muy próxima...

  3. La autonomía de la voluntad y el pluralismo jurídico en nuestros días

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    Perrin Jean-François

    2005-01-01

    La "autonomía de la voluntad", esa hermosa matriz del derecho privado liberal clásico ("quien dice contractual, dice justo"), es actualmente un instrumento importante de regulación de las relaciones sociales. La observación del funcionamiento real - efectivo - de esta herramienta legal, revela de forma paradigmática la identidad del individuo social post-moderno, cuya libertad es a la vez inmensa e irrisoria, fuente de poder ilimitado y de sujeción servil a las directivas de organizaciones, p...

  4. Aportaciones de la educación física al desarrollo de la competencia básica: autonomía e iniciativa personal

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    Cañabate Ortiz, Dolors; Zagalaz Sánchez, Ma Luisa

    2011-01-01

    El objetivo de este artículo es enfrentarse al reto de responder a la necesidad de concretar aprendizajes de acuerdo con el nuevo currículo basado en competencias en el área de educación física (EF). Partiendo de este compromiso, presentamos una propuesta respecto a las aportaciones que la EF puede y debe aportar al desarrollo de la competencia de autonomía e iniciativa personal. Para ello, en la primera parte se indican las capacidades relacionadas con la competencia que se pretende desarrol...

  5. Las aventuras con el autoscopio

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    Víctor Florencio Ramírez Hernández

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo se inspira en el famoso personaje Harry Potter para hacer un análisis entre la filosofía y las neurociencias, específicamente sobre las condiciones funcionales que hacen posible filosofar.

  6. Seguridad de las aplicaciones web

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    Luján Mora, Sergio

    2016-01-01

    Conferencia "Seguridad de las aplicaciones web" impartida en las III Jornadas Informáticas - UTE 2016 en la Facultad de Ciencias de la Ingeniería e Industrias de la Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (Quito, Ecuador) el 5 de julio de 2016.

  7. Seguridad de las aplicaciones web

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    Luján Mora, Sergio

    2014-01-01

    Conferencia "Seguridad de las aplicaciones web" impartida en las III Jornadas Informáticas - UTE 2016 en la Facultad de Ciencias de la Ingeniería e Industrias de la Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (Quito, Ecuador) el 5 de julio de 2016.

  8. Hacia la autonomía del estudiante de lenguas en el ámbito universitario a través del uso de blogs y wikis

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    Mariana González Boluda

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo pretende describir el potencial de los blogs y wikis como herramientas para fomentar la autonomía en el aprendizaje en el contexto de la enseñanza universitaria. Se relata una experiencia de implementación de estos recursos en un contexto tradicional de enseñanza y aprendizaje. Como punto de partida se propone un acercamiento a la cultura de aprendizaje de un grupo de 40 estudiantes de español de Turismo en la Universidad de Tecnología de Jamaica a través de un análisis de sus creencias y actitudes más comunes sobre el proceso de aprendizaje de una lengua extranjera, así como de las creencias de sus profesores con relación a las responsabilidades y habilidades de los estudiantes en el aprendizaje autónomo. Tras analizar limitaciones y resistencias iniciales en el camino hacia la autonomía en este contexto, se explica una experiencia didáctica para fomentar la autonomía de los estudiantes basada en el uso de blogs y wikis. El proceso gradual de adquisición de autonomía dependerá no sólo de la interacción del estudiante con el contenido de los blogs y wikis, sino sobre todo de las interacciones con todos los participantes, a través de un intercambio espontáneo donde se diluyen las fronteras espaciotemporales y se fomenta un aprendizaje significativo, colaborativo y constructivo.

  9. ¿GENERAN VALOR LAS FUSIONES A LAS EMPRESAS COLOMBIANAS?

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    Gloria Martínez

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo pretende demostrar si las fusiones generan o no valor a las empresas colombianas. En la primera parte se presentan cifras que muestran cómo esta estrategia empresarial ha tomado fuerza en nuestro país en los últimos años. Para comprender de manera más sencilla se presentan las herramientas utilizadas en el desarrollo del estudio, las cuales constituyen el marco teórico de la investigación; posteriormente se explica con detalle la metodología utilizada y finalmente se presentan las conclusiones obtenidas para los años 1997-1999, que son una buena aproximación para determinar cuáles son las consecuencias que este fenómeno trae para las empresas colombianas en cuanto a generación de valor, ya que el estudio pretende aislar los factores socioeconómicos que podrían limitar el alcance del estudio a un período determinado.

  10. ANÁLISIS CUALITATIVO Y CUANTITATIVO DE LA OFERTA DE PISCINAS CUBIERTAS EN LAS COMUNIDADES AUTÓNOMAS ESPAÑOLAS

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    Pablo Burillo

    2008-01-01

    que permitieran el análisis de la oferta de piscinas cubiertas en las regiones, y mediante el análisis con un Indicador Sintético de Piscinas Cubiertas (ISPC se clasificó a las Comunidades Autónomas en 4 niveles de desarrollo (Bajo, Medio-Bajo, Medio- Alto y Alto. Los resultados ofrecen una gran disparidad entre las regiones en sus dotaciones de piscinas cubiertas, fruto de las diferentes inversiones políticas, culturas deportivas y realidades sociales, situándose en los primeros puestos las Comunidades Autónomas con mayor práctica deportiva. Este estudio puede servir de herramienta para una mejor planificación deportiva de las Autonomías y entidades promotoras del deporte.

  11. Nuevas perspectivas bioéticas: Autonomía relacional

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    Delgado Rodríguez, Janet

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available El concepto de autonomía en el que se ha basado tradicionalmente la Bioética proviene de la teoría liberal, y se articula a partir de un sujeto teórico que poco tiene que ver con las personas. Por ello, en este artículo se plantea la necesidad de revisar y reformular el concepto de autonomía para la Bioética. ¿Hay alternativas al modelo liberal de autonomía tan extendido en nuestras sociedades? Se propone la noción de autonomía relacional como término que recoge ese entramado de relaciones y vínculos que posibilitan la libertad y la toma de decisiones propia, y que se adecua de manera más fiel a la realidad social en la que nos encontramos. Por un lado, la autonomía relacional pretende reflejar la red de relaciones que es constitutiva de la persona. Por otro, se desarrolla como concepto que da cuenta de la co-responsabilidad tanto del profesional como del ciudadano a la hora de que sea el paciente quien tome decisiones autónomasAbstract: The autonomy concept on which the Bioethics has been based traditionally comes from the liberal theory, and it articulates from a theoretical subject that little it has to do with the people. For this reason, in this article is exposed the necessity of reviewing and formulating the concept of autonomy for the Bioethics. Are there alternatives to the liberal model of autonomy so extended in our societies? It´s proposed the notion of relational autonomy like a term that gathers that framework of relations and bonds that make possible the freedom and the own decision making, and this is adapted more faithfully to the social reality in which we were. On the one hand, the relational autonomy tries to reflect the network of relations that is constituent of the person. On the other, it is developed like concept that gives account of the Co-responsibility of the professional and the citizen at the time of which the patient who makes independent decisions.

  12. Small Autonomous Aircraft Servo Health Monitoring

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    Quintero, Steven

    2008-01-01

    Small air vehicles offer challenging power, weight, and volume constraints when considering implementation of system health monitoring technologies. In order to develop a testbed for monitoring the health and integrity of control surface servos and linkages, the Autonomous Aircraft Servo Health Monitoring system has been designed for small Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms to detect problematic behavior from servos and the air craft structures they control, This system will serve to verify the structural integrity of an aircraft's servos and linkages and thereby, through early detection of a problematic situation, minimize the chances of an aircraft accident. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's rotary-winged UAV has an Airborne Power management unit that is responsible for regulating, distributing, and monitoring the power supplied to the UAV's avionics. The current sensing technology utilized by the Airborne Power Management system is also the basis for the Servo Health system. The Servo Health system measures the current draw of the servos while the servos are in Motion in order to quantify the servo health. During a preflight check, deviations from a known baseline behavior can be logged and their causes found upon closer inspection of the aircraft. The erratic behavior nay include binding as a result of dirt buildup or backlash caused by looseness in the mechanical linkages. Moreover, the Servo Health system will allow elusive problems to be identified and preventative measures taken to avoid unnecessary hazardous conditions in small autonomous aircraft.

  13. The MAP Autonomous Mission Control System

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    Breed, Juile; Coyle, Steven; Blahut, Kevin; Dent, Carolyn; Shendock, Robert; Rowe, Roger

    2000-01-01

    The Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) mission is the second mission in NASA's Office of Space Science low-cost, Medium-class Explorers (MIDEX) program. The Explorers Program is designed to accomplish frequent, low cost, high quality space science investigations utilizing innovative, streamlined, efficient management, design and operations approaches. The MAP spacecraft will produce an accurate full-sky map of the cosmic microwave background temperature fluctuations with high sensitivity and angular resolution. The MAP spacecraft is planned for launch in early 2001, and will be staffed by only single-shift operations. During the rest of the time the spacecraft must be operated autonomously, with personnel available only on an on-call basis. Four (4) innovations will work cooperatively to enable a significant reduction in operations costs for the MAP spacecraft. First, the use of a common ground system for Spacecraft Integration and Test (I&T) as well as Operations. Second, the use of Finite State Modeling for intelligent autonomy. Third, the integration of a graphical planning engine to drive the autonomous systems without an intermediate manual step. And fourth, the ability for distributed operations via Web and pager access.

  14. Verification of Autonomous Systems for Space Applications

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    Brat, G.; Denney, E.; Giannakopoulou, D.; Frank, J.; Jonsson, A.

    2006-01-01

    Autonomous software, especially if it is based on model, can play an important role in future space applications. For example, it can help streamline ground operations, or, assist in autonomous rendezvous and docking operations, or even, help recover from problems (e.g., planners can be used to explore the space of recovery actions for a power subsystem and implement a solution without (or with minimal) human intervention). In general, the exploration capabilities of model-based systems give them great flexibility. Unfortunately, it also makes them unpredictable to our human eyes, both in terms of their execution and their verification. The traditional verification techniques are inadequate for these systems since they are mostly based on testing, which implies a very limited exploration of their behavioral space. In our work, we explore how advanced V&V techniques, such as static analysis, model checking, and compositional verification, can be used to gain trust in model-based systems. We also describe how synthesis can be used in the context of system reconfiguration and in the context of verification.

  15. Safety analysis of autonomous excavator functionality

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    Seward, D.; Pace, C.; Morrey, R.; Sommerville, I

    2000-10-01

    This paper presents an account of carrying out a hazard analysis to define the safety requirements for an autonomous robotic excavator. The work is also relevant to the growing generic class of heavy automated mobile machinery. An overview of the excavator design is provided and the concept of a safety manager is introduced. The safety manager is an autonomous module responsible for all aspects of system operational safety, and is central to the control system's architecture. Each stage of the hazard analysis is described, i.e. system model creation, hazard definition and hazard analysis. Analysis at an early stage of the design process, and on a system that interfaces directly to an unstructured environment, exposes certain issues relevant to the application of current hazard analysis methods. The approach taken in the analysis is described. Finally, it is explained how the results of the hazard analysis have influenced system design, in particular, safety manager specifications. Conclusions are then drawn about the applicability of hazard analysis of requirements in general, and suggestions are made as to how the approach can be taken further.

  16. Sensor study for high speed autonomous operations

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    Schneider, Anne; La Celle, Zachary; Lacaze, Alberto; Murphy, Karl; Del Giorno, Mark; Close, Ryan

    2015-06-01

    As robotic ground systems advance in capabilities and begin to fulfill new roles in both civilian and military life, the limitation of slow operational speed has become a hindrance to the wide-spread adoption of these systems. For example, military convoys are reluctant to employ autonomous vehicles when these systems slow their movement from 60 miles per hour down to 40. However, these autonomous systems must operate at these lower speeds due to the limitations of the sensors they employ. Robotic Research, with its extensive experience in ground autonomy and associated problems therein, in conjunction with CERDEC/Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), has performed a study to specify system and detection requirements; determined how current autonomy sensors perform in various scenarios; and analyzed how sensors should be employed to increase operational speeds of ground vehicles. The sensors evaluated in this study include the state of the art in LADAR/LIDAR, Radar, Electro-Optical, and Infrared sensors, and have been analyzed at high speeds to study their effectiveness in detecting and accounting for obstacles and other perception challenges. By creating a common set of testing benchmarks, and by testing in a wide range of real-world conditions, Robotic Research has evaluated where sensors can be successfully employed today; where sensors fall short; and which technologies should be examined and developed further. This study is the first step to achieve the overarching goal of doubling ground vehicle speeds on any given terrain.

  17. Acceptance Criteria Framework for Autonomous Biological Detectors

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    Dzenitis, J M

    2006-12-12

    The purpose of this study was to examine a set of user acceptance criteria for autonomous biological detection systems for application in high-traffic, public facilities. The test case for the acceptance criteria was the Autonomous Pathogen Detection System (APDS) operating in high-traffic facilities in New York City (NYC). However, the acceptance criteria were designed to be generally applicable to other biological detection systems in other locations. For such detection systems, ''users'' will include local authorities (e.g., facility operators, public health officials, and law enforcement personnel) and national authorities [including personnel from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the BioWatch Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)]. The panel members brought expertise from a broad range of backgrounds to complete this picture. The goals of this document are: (1) To serve as informal guidance for users in considering the benefits and costs of these systems. (2) To serve as informal guidance for developers in understanding the needs of users. In follow-up work, this framework will be used to systematically document the APDS for appropriateness and readiness for use in NYC.

  18. Nutritional stimulation of the autonomic nervous system

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    Misha DP Luyer; Quirine Habes; Richard van Hak; Wim Buurman

    2011-01-01

    Disturbance of the inflammatory response in the gut is important in several clinical diseases ranging from inflammatory bowel disease to postoperative ileus. Several feedback mechanisms exist that control the inflammatory cascade and avoid collateral damage. In the gastrointestinal tract, it is of particular importance to control the immune response to maintain the balance that allows dietary uptake and utilization of nutrients on one hand, while preventing invasion of bacteria and toxins on the other hand. The process of digestion and absorption of nutrients requires a relative hyporesponsiveness of the immune cells in the gut to luminal contents which is not yet fully understood. Recently, the autonomic nervous system has been identified as an important pathway to control local and systemic inflammation and gut barrier integrity. Activation of the pathway is possible via electrical or via pharmacological interventions, but is also achieved in a physiological manner by ingestion of dietary lipids. Administration of dietary lipids has been shown to be very effective in reducing the inflammatory cascade and maintaining intestinal barrier integrity in several experimental studies. This beneficial effect of nutrition on the inflammatory inflammatory response and intestinal barrier integrity opens new therapeutic opportunities for treatment of certain gastrointestinal disorders. Furthermore, this neural feedback mechanism provides more insight in the relative hyporesponsiveness of the immune cells in the gut. Here, we will discuss the regulatory function of the autonomic nervous system on the inflammatory response and gut barrier function and the potential benefit in a clinical setting.

  19. Mobile autonomous robot for radiological surveys

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    The robotics development group at the Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) is developing a mobile autonomous robot that performs radiological surveys of potentially contaminated floors. The robot is called SIMON, which stands for Semi-Intelligent Mobile Observing Navigator. Certain areas of SRL are classified as radiologically controlled areas (RCAs). In an RCA, radioactive materials are frequently handled by workers, and thus, the potential for contamination is ever present. Current methods used for floor radiological surveying includes labor-intensive manual scanning or random smearing of certain floor locations. An autonomous robot such as SIMON performs the surveying task in a much more efficient manner and will track down contamination before it is contacted by humans. SIMON scans floors at a speed of 1 in./s and stops and alarms upon encountering contamination. Its environment is well defined, consisting of smooth building floors with wide corridors. The kind of contaminations that SIMON is capable of detecting are alpha and beta-gamma. The contamination levels of interest are low to moderate

  20. Computer vision for autonomous robotics in space

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    Wong, Andrew K. C.

    1993-08-01

    This paper presents a computer vision system being developed at the Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) Lab of the University of Waterloo and at the Vision, Intelligence and Robotics Technologies Corporation (VIRTEK) in support of the Canadian Space Autonomous Robotics Project. This system was originally developed for flexible manufacturing and guidance of autonomous roving vehicles. In the last few years, it has been engineered to support the operations of the Mobile Service System (MSS) (or its equivalence) for the Space Station Project. In the near term, this vision system will provide vision capability for the recognition, location and tracking of payloads as well as for relating the spatial information to the manipulator for capturing, manipulating and berthing payloads. In the long term, it will serve in the role of inspection, surveillance and servicing of the Station. Its technologies will be continually expanded and upgraded to meet the demand as the needs of the Space Station evolve and grow. Its spin-off technologies will benefit the industrial sectors as well.

  1. AUTONOMIC HTML INTERFACE GENERATOR FOR WEB APPLICATIONS

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    Youssef Bassil

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in computing systems have led to a new digital era in which every area of life is nearlyinterrelated with information technology. However, with the trend towards large-scale IT systems, a newchallenge has emerged. The complexity of IT systems is becoming an obstacle that hampers themanageability, operability, and maintainability of modern computing infrastructures. Autonomiccomputing popped up to provide an answer to these ever-growing pitfalls. Fundamentally, autonomicsystems are self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing, and self-protecting; hence, they can automate allcomplex IT processes without human intervention. This paper proposes an autonomic HTML web-interfacegenerator based on XML Schema and Style Sheet specifications for self-configuring graphical userinterfaces of web applications. The goal of this autonomic generator is to automate the process ofcustomizing GUI web-interfaces according to the ever-changing business rules, policies, and operatingenvironment with the least IT labor involvement. The conducted experiments showed a successfulautomation of web interfaces customization that dynamically self-adapts to keep with the always-changingbusiness requirements. Future research can improve upon the proposed solution so that it supports the selfconfiguringof not only web applications but also desktop applications.

  2. Electrophysiology of autonomic neuromuscular transmission involving ATP.

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    Sneddon, P

    2000-07-01

    Electrophysiological investigations of autonomic neuromuscular transmission have provided great insights into the role of ATP as a neurotransmitter. Burnstock and Holman made the first recordings of excitatory junction potentials (e.j.p.s) produced by sympathetic nerves innervating the smooth muscle of the guinea-pig vas deferens. This led to the identification of ATP as the mediator of e.j.p.s in this tissue, where ATP acts as a cotransmitter with noradrenaline. The e.j.p.s are mediated solely by ATP acting on P2X(1) receptors leading to action potentials and a rapid phasic contraction, whilst noradrenaline mediates a slower, tonic contraction which is not dependent on membrane depolarisation. Subsequent electrophysiological studies of the autonomic innervation of smooth muscles of the urogenital, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems have revealed a similar pattern of response, where ATP mediates a fast electrical and mechanical response, whilst another transmitter such as noradrenaline, acetylcholine, nitric oxide or a peptide mediates a slower response. The modulation of junction potentials by a variety of pre-junctional receptors and the mechanism of inactivation of ATP as a neurotransmitter will also be described.

  3. File Transfer Algorithm for Autonomous Decentralized System

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    GUI Xun; TAN Yong-dong; Qian Qing-quan

    2008-01-01

    A file transfer algorithm based on ADP (autonomous decentralized protocol) was proposed to solve the problem that the ADS (autonomous decentralized system) middleware (NeXUS/Dlink) lacks of file transfer functions for Windows. The algorithm realizes the peer-to-peer file transfer, one-to-N inquiry/multi-response file transfer and one-to-N file distribution in the same data field based on communication patterns provided by the ADP. The peer-to-peer file transfer is implemented through a peer-to-peer communication path, one-to-N inquiry/multi-response file transfer and one-to-N file distribution are implemented through multicast commtmieation. In this algorithm, a file to be transferred is named with a GUID ( global unique identification), every data packet is marked with a sequence number, and file-receiving in parallel is implemented by caching DPOs (data processing objects) and multithread technologies. The algorithm is applied in a simulation system of the decentralized control platform, and the test results and long time stable mrming prove the feasibility of the algorithm.

  4. Security-Enhanced Autonomous Network Management

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    Zeng, Hui

    2015-01-01

    Ensuring reliable communication in next-generation space networks requires a novel network management system to support greater levels of autonomy and greater awareness of the environment and assets. Intelligent Automation, Inc., has developed a security-enhanced autonomous network management (SEANM) approach for space networks through cross-layer negotiation and network monitoring, analysis, and adaptation. The underlying technology is bundle-based delay/disruption-tolerant networking (DTN). The SEANM scheme allows a system to adaptively reconfigure its network elements based on awareness of network conditions, policies, and mission requirements. Although SEANM is generically applicable to any radio network, for validation purposes it has been prototyped and evaluated on two specific networks: a commercial off-the-shelf hardware test-bed using Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 Wi-Fi devices and a military hardware test-bed using AN/PRC-154 Rifleman Radio platforms. Testing has demonstrated that SEANM provides autonomous network management resulting in reliable communications in delay/disruptive-prone environments.

  5. Autonomous dielectric elastomer generator using electret

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    Vu-Cong, T.; Jean-Mistral, C.; Sylvestre, A.

    2013-04-01

    Dielectric elastomers can work as a variable capacitor to convert mechanical energy such as human motion into electrical energy. Nevertheless, scavengers based on dielectric elastomers require a high voltage source to polarize them, which constitutes the major disadvantage of these transducers. We propose here to combine dielectric elastomer with an electret, providing a quasi-permanent potential, thus replacing the high voltage supply. Our new scavenger is fully autonomous, soft, lightweight and low cost. Our structure is made of a dielectric elastomer (Polypower from Danfoss) and an electret developing a potential of -1000V (Teflon from Dupont). The transducer is designed specifically to scavenge energy from human motion. Thus, it works on pure-shear mode with maximum strain of about 50% and it is textured in 3D form because electret is not deformable. The shape of the hybrid structure is critical to insure huge capacitance variation and thus higher scavenged energy. We present in this paper our process for the optimization of the 3D shape that leads us to the developpment and characterization of our first prototype. From an appropriate electromechanical analytical model, an energy density of about 1.48mJ.g-1 is expected on an optimal electrical load. Our new autonomous dielectric generator can produce about 0.55mJ.g-1 on a resistive load, and can further be improved by enhancing the performance of dielectric elastomer such as dielectric permittivity or by increasing the electret potential.

  6. Kinodynamic Motion Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

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    Jiwung Choi

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This article proposes a computationally effective motion planning algorithm for autonomous ground vehicles operating in a semi-structured environment with a mission specified by waypoints, corridor widths and obstacles. The algorithm switches between two kinds of planners, (i static planners and (ii moving obstacle avoidance manoeuvre planners, depending on the mobility of any detected obstacles. While the first is broken down into a path planner and a controller, the second generates a sequence of controls without global path planning. Each subsystem is implemented as follows. The path planner produces an optimal piecewise linear path by applying a variant of cell decomposition and dynamic programming. The piecewise linear path is smoothed by Bézier curves such that the maximum curvatures of the curves are minimized. The controller calculates the highest allowable velocity profile along the path, consistent with the limits on both tangential and radial acceleration and the steering command for the vehicle to track the trajectory using a pure pursuit method. The moving obstacle avoidance manoeuvre produces a sequence of time-optimal local velocities, by minimizing the cost as determined by the safety of the current velocity against obstacles in the velocity obstacle paradigm and the deviation of the current velocity relative to the desired velocity, to satisfy the waypoint constraint. The algorithms are shown to be robust and computationally efficient, and to demonstrate a viable methodology for autonomous vehicle control in the presence of unknown obstacles.

  7. Las redes sociales entre las TICS y la decadencia moral

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    Domingo Alarcón Ortiz; Antonio Francisco Díaz García

    2013-01-01

    La paradoja de las redes sociales en las organizaciones es que constituyen un medio muy importante de formación, capacitación, actualización, información y comunicación, pero también representan un síntoma de decadencia cultural, porque con ellas se han facilitado los procesos de desinformación incontrolados y de distribución de información maliciosa, con la cual se agrede a las personas. El abuso en cuanto a subir información de manera indiscriminada lleva a presentar comportamientos cínicos...

  8. Competencia del Estatuto Orgánico de Presupuesto respecto de las universidades públicas del orden nacional

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    M\\u00F3nica Mar\\u00EDa Vargas Huertas

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    casuístico. Para el caso de estudio, la autonomía universitaria contemplada en el artículo 69 de la Constitución Nacional requirió que el legislador expidiera la Ley 30 de 1992, que en sus artículos 28 y 57, desarrolló los aspectos en que se refleja la dicha autonomía. El régimen financiero contenido en el capítulo V de la Ley 30 de 1992, es parte esencial del régimen especial de las universidades estatales, pues el legislador consideró que la autonomía universitaria en su dimensión presupuestal, solo se puede garantizar si su presupuesto se mantiene protegido de la libre facultad potestativa del poder ejecutivo.

  9. Nonlinear dynamics analysis of a new autonomous chaotic system

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    2007-01-01

    In this paper, a new nonlinear autonomous system introduced by Chlouverakis and Sprott is studied further, to present very rich and complex nonlinear dynamical behaviors. Some basic dynamical properties are studied either analytically or nuchaotic system with very high Lyapunov dimensions is constructed and investigated. Two new nonlinear autonomous systems can be changed into one another by adding or omitting some constant coefficients.

  10. Contingency Software in Autonomous Systems: Technical Level Briefing

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    Lutz, Robyn R.; Patterson-Hines, Ann

    2006-01-01

    Contingency management is essential to the robust operation of complex systems such as spacecraft and Unpiloted Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Automatic contingency handling allows a faster response to unsafe scenarios with reduced human intervention on low-cost and extended missions. Results, applied to the Autonomous Rotorcraft Project and Mars Science Lab, pave the way to more resilient autonomous systems.

  11. Non-autonomous Degenerate KdV Systems

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    Turhan, Refik

    2002-01-01

    Non-autonomous degenerate KdV systems in (1+1) dimensions are considered for integrability classification. Integrability of the systems is associated with the existence of a recursion operator. Some new non-autonomous degenerate two-component KdV systems are found.

  12. Autonomous Systems, Robotics, and Computing Systems Capability Roadmap: NRC Dialogue

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    Zornetzer, Steve; Gage, Douglas

    2005-01-01

    Contents include the following: Introduction. Process, Mission Drivers, Deliverables, and Interfaces. Autonomy. Crew-Centered and Remote Operations. Integrated Systems Health Management. Autonomous Vehicle Control. Autonomous Process Control. Robotics. Robotics for Solar System Exploration. Robotics for Lunar and Planetary Habitation. Robotics for In-Space Operations. Computing Systems. Conclusion.

  13. On the equivalence classes of linear non-autonomous systems *

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    2001-01-01

    In this paper, the equivalence classification of the linear non-autonomous dynamic systems near singularities is given. Under some conditions their equivalence classes are the same as the autonomous ones. Using a series of linear and nonlinear transforms, the equivalence classification is proved.

  14. Autonomic Impairment in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Laboratory Investigation

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    Weinberg, Anna; Klonsky, E. David; Hajcak, Greg

    2009-01-01

    Recent research suggests that emotional dysfunction in psychiatric disorders can be reflected in autonomic abnormalities. The present study examines sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic nervous system activity in individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) before, during, and following a social stressor task. Data were obtained…

  15. Valuation Model for Adding Energy Resource into Autonomous Energy Cluster

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    De Kok, E.; Negeri, E.O.; Van Wijk, A.; Baken, N.

    2013-01-01

    With the availability of distributed generation (DG), clusters that can autonomously manage their energy profile are emerging in the power grid. These autonomous clusters manage their load profiles by orchestrating their energy resources, such as DG, storage, flexible energy consuming appliances, et

  16. Effect of Sleep/Wake Cycle on Autonomic Regulation

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    Objective: To evaluate the association between irregular sleep/wake cycle in shift workers and autonomic regulation. Study Design: Cross-sectional, analytical study. Place and Duration of Study: Dow University Hospital, Karachi, from August to November 2013. Methodology: All health care providers working in rotating shifts making a total (n=104) were included. Instrument was an integrated questionnaire applied to assess autonomic regulation, taken from Kroz et al. on scoring criteria, ranging from 18 - 54, where higher rating signifies strong autonomic regulation, indicating a stable Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and vice versa. Participants were interviewed and their response was recorded by the investigator. Influence of sleep misalignment was measured quantitatively to extract index of autonomic activity. Results: There was a reduced trend in autonomic strength amongst shift workers. The mean score obtained on the Autonomic Scale was 37.8 ± 5.9. Conclusion: Circadian misalignment has an injurious influence on ANS which might be valuable in controlling autonomic dysfunction that leads to fatal triggers in rotating shift workers. (author)

  17. Modeling of an autonomous microgrid for renewable energy sources integration

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    Serban, I.; Teodorescu, Remus; Guerrero, Josep M.;

    2009-01-01

    The frequency stability analysis in an autonomous microgrid (MG) with renewable energy sources (RES) is a continuously studied issue. This paper presents an original method for modeling an autonomous MG with a battery energy storage system (BESS) and a wind power plant (WPP), with the purpose...

  18. Cardiac Autonomic Control in Individuals With Down Syndrome

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    Goulopoulou, Styliani; Baynard, Tracy; Collier, Scott; Giannopoulou, Ifigenia; Figueroa, Arturo; Beets, Michael; Pitetti, Kenneth; Fernhall, Bo

    2006-01-01

    Our goal in this study was to compare cardiac autonomic control at rest between 50 individuals with Down syndrome and 24 control participants without disabilities. Resting autonomic function was assessed using analysis of heart rate variability. Participants with Down syndrome had reduced total heart rate variability, which indicates possible…

  19. Properties of autonomous and injection locked flux flow oscillators

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    Mygind, Jesper; Koshelets, V. P.; Shchukin, A. V.;

    1995-01-01

    performed both for two autonomous FFOs and with one of the FFOs injection-locked to a narrow-band external microwave source. By beating the two autonomous FFOs an integral spectral linewidth as low as 750 kHz is measured at 280 GHz. Mechanisms leading to a broadening of the FFO linewidth are discussed...

  20. Autonomic dysfunction in diabetes : a consequence of cardiovascular damage

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    Lefrandt, J D; Smit, A J; Zeebregts, C J; Gans, R O B; Hoogenberg, K H

    2010-01-01

    In 1976, D.J. Ewing showed a clear survival disadvantage for diabetic patients that had 'diabetic autonomic neuropathy', as assessed by heart rate and blood pressure variations during a battery of bedside tests. However, these variations do not solely depend on autonomic nervous system function, but